Over the last several years I have invested a considerable amount of time learning about the challenges facing families as their loved ones experience failing health or leave us. This blog entry provides a list of the resources I have discovered are available to these families. I am fascinated by the variety of choices to which families can turn and I am sure I have missed a few, if not many. The important lesson is – we are not alone in this journey.
RESOURCES – LIVING OPTIONS
Many residential options are available as a loved one ages, depending on his or her (a) desire to live independently, (b) physical limitations and cognitive capabilities, including –
At home with or without assistance
With a family member
Independent Living Facility
Personal Care Home
Assisted Living Facility
Skilled Nursing Facility
Memory Care Facility
RESOURCES – CARE OPTIONS
Many options for daily activities or more comprehensive care are available for individuals who need additional assistance.
Adult Day Care
Home Care Services (including companionship)
Home Health Care Services
RESOURCES – MEDICAL
Most specialties in medicine have subcategories for geriatric care. In addition, understanding the scheme of medical treatment can be daunting.
Rehabilitation following hospitalization for illness or injury
Skilled Nursing Facilities
Role of Social Workers and Geriatric Care Managers
Medication Management Protocols
RESOURCES – PROFESSIONALS
Professionals serving the senior population abound.
Estate Planning and Probate
Social Workers and Geriatric Care Managers
RESOURCES – NON-PROFITS
Many non-profits serve the senior care industry, such as the Alzheimer’s Association, Aging In Place Council, Amy’s Place to name a few. In addition, virtually every disease and condition (such as American Cancer Society, American Heart Association et.al) is served by a non-profit – way too many to start listing in this brief writing.
RESOURCES – OTHER
Many other services are offered to families with issues involving caring for a senior person or following the passing of a loved one. Following is a sampling of such services:
Daily Money Management
Down-sizing Specialists, Professional Organizers and Moving Companies
Home Modification Contractors
Durable Medical Supplies Providers
Caring for the Care-Taker Services
State Ombudsman Office
State Elder Care Abuse Office
If your family is unsure what resources are available to assist with care for a loved one or resolve an estate dispute, contact Keystone Conflict Solutions LLC at firstname.lastname@example.org or (404) 314-7228 to learn if Mediation or Conflict Management Consulting can provide guidance.