There is a growing and unmet need revolving around seniors who live alone or with family members who do not have complete information about healthcare systems. Physical and mental abilities may decline, resulting in a higher level of need and the inability to receive care in current circumstances. Difficult choices may need to be made for safety and wellbeing. People need placement recommendations and guidance for the next step in a changing level of care.
Although I completely support aging in place, living alone with a moderate or advanced form of dementia is not safe. I have witnessed dozens of individuals become “remented” after moving into an organized care setting, leaving behind the pressure of responsibilities in our complicated world. Every person is unique and should have as much choice as possible when making decisions about a higher level of care.
It is important to explore resources and offer representation in areas such as establishing benefits with insurance companies, entitlement programs (Medicare, VA benefits), medical providers, financial advisors, and care companies such as home health and hospice.
- Weekly/monthly on-site visits with client to ensure services provided are meeting current needs.
- Medical appointment arrangements and accompaniment.
- Maintaining service plans and personal files offsite, which includes follow up with medical providers.
- On call for client concerns.
- Frequent correspondence between care manager and care receiver/family members/responsible party/legal designee.
- Recruiting/interviewing/screening for in-home caregivers.
Consumers need to know the differences between skilled nursing, assisted living (which ranges from 6-bed private homes to very large continuing-care retirement communities with major differences in staff skill levels), and memory care units in both types of organized care settings. Home health care, private care duty, hospice care, palliative care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers offer varying services. Medicare Parts A, B, C and D, MediCal, managed care (Medicare replacement coverage such as Kaiser), VA benefits, and long term care insurance may all contribute to the costs care needs at various stages of health.
Referrals to appropriate care establishments and companies are at no cost. I refer only to the care communities I believe offer the best accommodations, and where I am acquainted with staff and services.
The Next Step
Don’t wait until the last minute to explore the world of long term care. Be prepared for changing needs. Whether the goal is to support aging in place or find the best match for a current level of care, allow me to assist in making informed decisions. Education is the key to a smooth transition.
You don’t have to live in La Mesa or be dealing with Alzheimer’s disease to benefit from the services offered.
My rates are lower than many other local care management companies in San Diego County.
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