“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”-Benjamin Franklin
Complete Senior Risk Assessment
Every day there are millions of seniors admitted to emergency rooms, hospitals, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes for reasons that were totally preventable.
Did you know that bladder infections can cause broken hips? They do.
Understanding what is possible given a particular clients situation is what the Senior Risk Assessment is all about. Early identification of the areas which are placing someone in danger of losing their independence is the focus of this comprehensive assessment.
Ongoing Care Management
Sometimes people require extra monitoring to help them succeed in implementing some of the
Proper nutrition is essential to good health at any age, but it can be especially important as we grow older. Nutrition affects how the body responds to medication. It can even determine how quickly someone recovers from surgery or illness. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for seniors living on their own to forgo a well-balanced meal for something that is quick and convenient.
At Care for Living a certified dietician is available to assist in the development of a care plan that will ensure that individual nutritional needs are met. Through Wellchieve, a nutritional and physical activity regimen available through program partner the YMCA, individuals can receive instruction not only on what to buy at the grocery store but how to prepare it at home.
Ongoing Care Management
The physical and mental benefits of regular exercise are well documented. For seniors moderate exercise is essential for maintaining mobility. Simply put, seniors need to move in order to keep moving. Care for Living can develop a care plan that includes a moderate exercise program administered by a trained staff member. Or, as an alternative, exercise and nutrition can be combined in the YMCA’s Wellchieve, our partnership program. In both cases the level of physical activity is “age and health” appropriate and designed with one outcome in mind: to help that person remain independent.
We are social beings. Our mind and body benefit from the company of others. For seniors living at home and no longer able to drive, maintaining those all-important social connections can be especially difficult. At Care for Living we offer recommendation to companion services that include reading, playing games, and conversation. But we also realize how important it is to maintain relationships outside the home. So we offer transportation and assistance for those who want to go to church, attend senior center events, or simply visit family and friends. And if that friend or family member is more than a short drive away, we can provide video conferencing at home through Skype, an online service.
Mom insists on driving even though her vision is failing and she is easily disoriented. The family, unwilling to tackle a difficult subject, ignores the danger her driving poses to herself and others. Or, Dad is living at home but shows signs of dementia, and siblings can’t agree on what steps should be taken to keep him safe and sustain his quality of life. Perhaps the hardest decision of all, a loved one has reached the point where hospice should be a consideration, yet family members refuse to accept the inevitable outcome.
Decisions affecting the life or death of a loved one are never easy. At Care for Living we offer recommendations to effective counseling services to help individuals and their families work through the challenges, however difficult, and arrive at the best decision possible.
Why would someone need a client advocate?
Accurate health information is essential to successful elder care. It’s not unusual for a senior to go to a doctor’s appointment and afterwards be unclear about the outcome. Client advocates are available to accompany a client to any professional services appointment. Because they have medical knowledge and an understanding of the client’s medical history, advocates are better able to ask the right questions and, in turn, communicate the right answers to other health care providers and family members. Advocates also can attend clients during hospitalization or after transitioning to an assisted living facility. Looking after a client’s best interests even includes reviewing hospital bills to make certain that charges are consistent with the services provided.