|Posted on March 8, 2017 at 9:45 AM|
What is a senior care advisor and why should you hire one? Do you think your parents would never allow outside help? As a geriatric care manager, I get questions like these often.
At Solutions For Independence we work with families all over western Pennsylvania, helping them with tasks to make daily life easier, offering complete care management solutions. Senior Care Advisors have the very important job of helping our aging loved ones navigate life's every day issues.
Whether they're at home, in the hospital, or a facility, we visit our clients as often as needed to help with things like...
1. Managing medications
2. Bill paying
3. Tax preparation
5. Managing household support services
6. Transportation assisting and advocating at medical appointments
And much more!
Honestly, our family members want to remain independent - they don't necessarily need full time support - but if your loved ones are alone or family members live at a distance, having an extra person filling in the gaps can provide comfort and peace of mind.
Your Care Advisor becomes a part of the family, navigating senior living, and can be relied on from every day minor issues, like making sure the grass is cut, to the more serious challenges that all families face during aging, like communicating with everyone during a hospital stay or an emergency.
Over the past decades I have helped several hundred families navigate aging, and here's what I've learned:
Today's seniors are not comfortable with strangers in their home. As a matter of fact I work with multiple clients that would prefer to live in their family home but instead live in some form of care facility because they just don't trust having a stranger in their home.
You don't want to wait for a crisis to address this situation either. Whenever I meet a family that feels hesitant about working with a care manager here's what I suggest:
1. Be Reassuring
When you say to your loved one "It's time we get some help in here" what they're hearing is that you don't think they are taking care of themselves and you are threatening their independence. Instead approach the situation this way:
"Mom, dad, I know you want to remain at home and we want that also, it's probably time to consider a little bit of support at home
just to keep you safe."
2. Engage The Support Of A Trusted Professional
The truth is our parents implicitly trust doctors, bankers, lawyers, and accountants for guidance. Sometimes this advice is more well received when it comes from a third party, so don't be afraid to ask for help.
Approach these conversations like I suggested. We want our parents to remain at home but some support is needed.
It is my absolute pleasure to help families and seniors navigate every day life or extreme challenges.
Whether you're planning ahead or in the midst of a crisis I hope you'll get in touch for a complimentary phone consultation no matter where you are in the world.
I wish you and your loved ones happiness and life long independence.