Many of us are faced with very difficult decisions to make about how to care for our elderly parents and spouses as people live longer with all of the advances in medicine. The healthcare delivery system and complex process of accessing care is very overwhelming. Having an experienced professional listen to your concerns and help you and your loved ones to formulate a plan that meets everyone’s needs, is extremely helpful and essential to this process.
Think of an Elder Care Consultant as a guide in a foreign country, an advisor to walk you through every step along the way in a world that is unfamiliar to you, to communicate your needs and help you make the best and safest choice for care. There is no right option for care, simply the best course of action for you and your family. It is a difficult journey, but one that can be made a lot easier with the right guide. You need not walk alone in this process. From individual and family meetings, to accompanying families in visiting facilities, advocating on your behalf with community resources, an elder care consultant is there for you.
Helpful Hints When Exploring Your Options:
- Be an educated consumer
- There are no right or wrong decisions
- Safety is a priority
- Everyone has different financial abilities
- Everyone has different capabilities
- Know all of your options
- Share your concerns
- Have at least two sets of eyes and two sets of ears
Nancy Geller, LCSW, ACSW
Elder Care Consultant