May is Older Americans Month, an opportunity to return the favor, the lifetime of dedication that our senior citizens have given to us.
One way to do that is to familiarize ourselves with the best ways to take care of their long term healthcare needs. That means navigating our healthcare system. There are many avenues to take, but which is right for your situation?
Among those in the elder care community who can help are:
- life care managers
- elder law and special needs attorneys
- geriatric care professionals
- social workers, such as discharge planners that help you when leaving a facility
- private duty registered nurses
- assisted living facilities
- nursing homes
- adult day care
- home care agencies
- organizations such as AARP
To choose the right problem solver, ask yourself if one of the following applies to you, someone you know or have an association with:
- You may need a private duty nurse (PDN) to assist with the transition into or out of a nursing facility to assisted living or home. The PDN works with individuals privately instead of out of a facility.
- Your family is in crisis, meaning someone may not be well and they need proper care in a hurry.
- You need to ensure that healthcare appointments and social activities are being kept.
- You want to make sure support for the person's recovery is in place and appropriate.
- You need an experienced professional to sit-in and help assist family members strapped for time or out of town.
- You want help with daily money management to help prevent or stop financial exploitation.
Of course, although Paladin Life Care encompasses all of these services, we encourage everyone to do their research to find the best solution. For example, you may only need a guardian to manage matters, an attorney to assist you with advance directives or a financial advisor to assist with complicated financial matters.
Here are some other resources:
You may also find it an excellent learning experience to attend our next free webinar:
Wednesday May 26, 2021
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm ET