As people age, they are looking to stay longer and longer in their homes so finding care and technology that facilitates that is essential.
Riverside Care Advisors have been working with families for years, as “fierce advocates for our seniors and compassionate caregiver coaching and education in order to help with expectation settings with these families,” said owner Jennifer Pilz.
Over the past few years, she has noticed a shift with many families' care needs. Many families opt for live-in facilities, especially those with dementia who need the constant support of these facilities. However, more and more people are rethinking assisted living and seeking in-home options.
Care Advisors and Managers help coordinate these different organizations that assist people as they age. One advisor or manager that knows your wishes and can coordinate organizations is beneficial in the event of an accident or problem since they know your desires and aging plan.
Placement and referral services are good ways to have plans in place for the future or to learn about diverse options for loved ones. Gabe Par from The Care Home Finder says,
“I like to say I’m a connector. I started doing this when my grandma got ill and we were looking for resources and assisted living. At that time I thought, ‘there has got to be a better way’; we couldn’t find any one person to connect us. We talked to a number of different specialists and we felt we weren’t getting real answers. So we [The Care Home Finder] strive to be real, true, and authentic. People will have a lot of questions and we are going to be able to answer them.”
Some specialists help with placements in homes but others can manage at-home care as well.
The most important aspect of aging in place is that it takes planning. Whether you are planning for yourself or a loved one there are a variety of options out there. Pilz has been working passionately in this industry for years and created a do-it-yourself care course for caregivers.
Creating a holistic care plan for your aging loved one “is an outline for people that can’t afford to have the ongoing information and this helps make it more affordable, so people have more cost-effective assistance,” said Pilz. The course covers things like how to manage your parents when they resist care, how to communicate with your siblings, and the most common questions & concerns when family members call. She says, “It’s more than just structure, it’s tips to help people through the process of caring for a loved one as they age.”
Finding the right organization to work with you for placement and home care is a good thing to look into before you need it.
As Cilla Buck from the Care Patrol in northeast Ohio said,
“Maybe staying in your home is ok for right now but I always say you need to have plan B in place, so that when plan A doesn’t work anymore you are already prepared for plan B, or if you have a stroke or heart attack and you are incapacitated then you already have had that pre-planning work done. Better to have it and not need it, then not have it.”
Aging well takes some planning, so researching and finding the people you are confident to work with is essential. It’s never too early to know the options available for you and your loved ones. In the long run, it can provide you with peace of mind and support if a difficult situation arises.
Consider a class on learning about the matters that you need to consider as you or your loved ones age.
Guide Lee goes over things to consider if you need to take over your parents’ affairs or for someone to help manage your affairs, especially if life changes suddenly. This can be extremely stressful. If you approach it one step at a time, you’ll get a handle on what information the entire family needs. This class will show you how to use Google Sheets to efficiently manage your family's information or create a concise document for you to share with your loved ones.
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