Are you an advocate? Do you help someone voice their needs and concerns? Do you provide needed information, or help make sense of information given to someone? Have you ever answered the question, “What would I want if I were in the other person’s shoes?” If so, chances are good that you have been an advocate. It’s both easier and harder than it sounds. If you are with your mom in the hospital, she might not want to pursue aggressive treatment for her latest exacerbation of her congestive heart failure (which now includes pneumonia), even though you believe she should. Can you effectively advocate for her in this case? You can, but it might be challenging. An advocate must adopt the views and preferences of the one advocated for, and make sure those views and preferences are heeded.
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When you think of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, you might think of long drives, your grandmother, or biscuits. Cracker Barrel is off almost all exits in the south. Going on a long trip? Chances are you have seen multiple signs for Cracker Barrel.
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As many of you know, Netflix and chill is becoming more and more popular every day. Personally, my favorite pastime is to binge watch a 7 season/24 Ep. show in one sitting. Now this takes time, commitment, stretching, grocery shopping prior to my binge, and shower breaks (recommended).
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It’s 3 AM on an early Saturday morning and the phone rings. Our 24/7 On-Call Care Manager takes the call. A family member has phoned in from out-of-town to report that their loved one, and our client, is being taken to the local Medical Center Emergency Room by ambulance following a 911 call. Our Care Manager reassures the client’s family member that we will be there to advocate for, provide pertinent requested information about, lend a listening ear to, and stay with their loved one to assist as long as needed. The Care Manager promptly leaves for the Medical Center and arrives at the ER before the ambulance gets in. Our senior is very relieved to see a familiar face upon arrival to the ER, a professional who will know how to help navigate the medical system. Our Care Manager then contacts the out-of-town family member to provide an update and communicates what is happening at the ER.
I want to start by saying I'm writing this not only as an Aging Life Care Professional™, but also as a daughter of someone that has in home care. Once help is needed in the home the situation is usually pretty stressful. Your loved one may be against the thought of "hired help", or even in denial of the fact that they need it. Hiring a caregiver for your loved one can be scary. The questions go on and on: Can you trust them? Do they have enough experience? Should I use a company or hire them privately?
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At Choices in Senior Care, we have assisted numerous families involved with transitioning a loved one back home following a nursing home stay. Most of these cases have involved folks who have had life altering health changes. How do you make the transition from nursing home or other rehab back into your home setting?
One of the biggest questions we’re asked is what are the different types of senior living options available today. If you’ve done research you’re most likely familiar with Assisted Living facilities as well as Long Term Care facilities (also known as skilled nursing facilities). Are you familiar with Continuous Care communities, or Independent Living communities? What are the differences between each? Listed below are brief descriptions of each, including some helpful tips and information we hope you’ll find useful.
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