Elder Care

elder-careWatching a loved one or parent decline as they age is never easy. We often feel a sense of obligation to be the one that does everything for that special someone in our lives, whether it be a spouse, parent or good friend.

It can be very challenging because seniors with chronic physical or developmental conditions often require coordination of a multitude of services. Physicians, social workers, and rehabilitation services all may be involved.

Additionally, assistance may be needed in obtaining home care services, home modifications and/or determination of appropriateness of living environment.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20 percent of people age 75 and older were hospitalized last year. More than one-fourth went back for additional hospital stays in the same year.

If your loved one is exhibiting noticeable physical decline, increasing confusion, escalating healthcare costs and an inability to handle daily tasks, Living Life With Dignity can help.

Senior services provided by geriatric care managers

Our senior services are provided by geriatric case managers. These are dedicated health care professionals with a background in nursing, social work, gerontology or psychology. They specialize in elder care issues and are trained to help family caregivers by assessing the particular needs of a family, the level of care needed, and the living situation. Most importantly, they help navigate the medical system and plan and supervise care.

While having a geriatric case manager assist you with a loved one may seem like a luxury reserved for only the wealthy, knowing that a professional is involved as your partner-in-care can offer significant peace of mind as well as possible cost savings in the end.

Whether Living Life With Dignity provides you with a life/care plan or the plan plus our services for implementation, our support is likely to lower your expenses in the long run. When we help you plan ahead, you avoid hasty decisions that might prove unnecessary or overly expensive.

Our supportive elder care services include the following:

  • Obtain and manage care giving services
  • Assess safety and appropriateness of environment
  • Collaboration of financial services to support proper funding such as Medicaid and caregiving budgets
  • Aid in obtaining entitlement programs
  • Assistance with veterans’ benefits
  • Assess one’s ability to care for self
  • Navigate transitions between assisted living, the hospital, rehabilitation, memory care, and nursing home care
  • Navigate the medical system
  • Provide continuity of care
  • Advocacy between doctors and/or facilities

Case Study

Client:

  • 80-year-old woman
  • Living independently

Background:

  • Mother of 2 sons
  • Client has bi-polar disorder and recently diagnosed by visiting doctor with dementia
  • Reclusive and sedentary
  • Recently discovered that she has been falling
  • Back injury is causing weakness in the legs

Challenges:

  • Resistant to having a caregiver in the home
  • Obstinate
  • Lying for fear of loosing her independence
  • Doesn’t like change
  • Sons do not agree on urgency of needs

Services:

  • Secured a visiting doctor
  • Secured in-home care to assist with mobility until recovered and able to maintain living environment
  • Assist in home modifications: toilet riser, shower modifications for ease of entry and exit, orthopedic bed, stair lift, front ramp, grip bars and life alert system
  • Cultivated a longterm life/care plan that all parties agreed to