In the world of being a mid-lifer and anticipating the enjoyment of being an empty-nester, here comes a surprise; my parents are in need of some serious help…. Who, what, where do I go? Call me.
As a geriatric care manager my role is to help guide you through the confusing and overwhelming role of elder health care by providing consultations and referral assistance specific to you and your aging loved ones needs. All too often families have wasted their time calling the wrong resources and asking the wrong questions. Regardless of where you live there is an elder care system in place, but you need to know who to call and what to ask. When you call me, you get you to right place with the resources you need. My initial assessment with you and your elder loved one gets me the specifics information I need to provide a plan of care that will include individualized recommendations and resources to ensure a safe and secure environment, whether it be in the home or in a senior living community.
The reality of aging may take us by surprise, especially with our loved ones. As a neutral partner in the equation I can see the picture through a different lens. I can ask those difficult questions and get to the heart of the matter. Too often families wait until crisis mode arises to call for help. When a consultation is done earlier and a plan of care put into place, emotions can be far less heightened and good healthy decisions will be made. Aging is inevitable, how you can be prepared for the changes in your older parent, by accessing the resources that are the best in your situation, I am here to help—call me.
Long-term care is expensive and many people just don’t want to go into the type of nursing home they can afford…the kind which often features shared rooms, impersonal cafeterias, and overworked-underpaid staff. Everyone wants the ideal they’ve set up in their mind whether it is for themselves or their loved one…this is the facility where living feels like home, the staff all love what they are doing, and money is a concern for no one.
For many people, living at home will never be an option because of the oft needed situation of 24 hour care needs. What is a family to do?
The truth is, Americans are getting older and we as a nation still have not come to terms with it. By the year 2050, one-third of the U.S. population will be 65 or older, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Around 4 percent of the population will be 85 or older at that point, and more than half of them will have difficulty performing some of the basic activities of daily living including include bathing, dressing, eating, walking, transferring out of a bed or chair, and using the toilet. (more…)
Today, Americans can expect to live longer than at any other time in history. For example, by the time you reach the age of 65, some research suggests you might live on average another 19 years. This isn’t unheard of, but for our elderly community, staying healthy is what’s important to reach and exceed two or more decades beyond 65.
There are many health challenges that older adults face that are generally unlike the health concerns of younger people. Below are the top 5 health issues that often impact the elderly.
Arthritis is one of the top conditions if not these top condition people 65 and older often face. Affecting around 50% of men and women over 65, it can lead to pain and lower quality of life for seniors. While the condition makes it difficult to remain active,maintaining health at this stage in live is vitally dependent on activity. (more…)
While nursing homes and other long-term care facilities provide for a resident’s basic needs, they are often just that – basic. So when the holiday season comes around, there is an opportunity for churches and members of the community to come alongside families and reach out to nursing home residents. From the first day the holiday season commences in late October to the beginning of the new year several weeks later, any of us can find ourselves coping with loneliness, depression, or a simple case of the ba-humbugs. For those who are more dependent on facility caregivers or infrequent family visits, consider for a moment how the holiday season, especially Christmas, can bring about a sense of emptiness or be an opportunity for them to experience the joy that for some may only be a distant memory of holidays past. (more…)
The holidays are supposed to be a time for family gatherings, parties, traveling, and opportunities to laugh and relax with the ones you love. For some, though, the holidays have different associations, like stress, anxiety, and isolation.
Caregivers can often feel stressed during the holiday season. While others are enjoying this time of year, caregivers may feel isolated as they focus on the care of a loved one. Caregivers selflessly provide around-the-clock, unpaid care to seniors and people with disabilities. They are tasked with accompanying their loved one to medical appointments, managing their medications, and handling their financial affairs, all while balancing their own obligations. (more…)