Preparing for our aging parents
by Dan A. Baron, Baron Law LLC
More than 60% of Americans will need some form of long-term care during their lifetime. The type of care ranges from daily assistance at home to permanent care in a nursing home. With the growing need for care, there have also been an increasing number of organizations that provide home assistance, reducing the risk of a permanent nursing home problem. Whether you’re planning for yourself or have thought about caring for your aging parents, here’s a list of approaches and organizations that reduce the likelihood of needing a nursing home. At the same time, these approaches can improve the quality of life of our loved ones.
Patient Care Advocates – Five Star Clinical Solutions
Founded by Roberta Brofman, BSN, RN, CDP, MBA-HCM, a highly regarded professional nurse in the healthcare industry, Five Star Clinical Solutions helps those who struggle to navigate the healthcare system. Whether it’s a medical crisis or the need to plan for future healthcare needs, finding the right medical care can be overwhelming and confusing. Five Star Clinical Solutions understands the complexities of healthcare to bridge the gap between patients, families and the broader healthcare system.
I have personally partnered with Five Star on several occasions when working with families to assess the care needed for aging clients living at home and/or identify the care they need. Additionally, I have referred Five Star to clients who require a Health Care Power of Attorney when none are present. Their experienced team can significantly reduce frustration, complications, and delays in care, resulting in a better healthcare experience. Patient advocates are responsible for coordinating and managing the complexities and logistics of healthcare encounters. Roberta and her team are extremely knowledgeable and I highly recommend them. Contact Roberta L. Brofman at [email protected] or 216-513-9622.
Aging in place – Charis Houses
Aging in place is when a person lives and ages in the residence of their choice, for as long as they are able. As we age our bodies and abilities change and it is important to consider and plan for these changes as they will affect our residential needs. Glenna Wilson of Charis Homes builds custom homes that incorporate “universal design,” a term used to define aging-in-place for our aging loved ones.
Some examples of a universal home built by Charis Homes include: maintaining single-level floor plans, sloping entry from a walkway, having a front door with a barrier-free threshold, widening doorways to accommodate wheelchairs, low or no thresholds when entering the shower, little or no maintenance needed around the house, etc. Glenna is beyond passionate about helping the aging community and I highly recommend her. She can be reached at 330-833-4527, or [email protected]
Downsizing – Benevolent Transitions
Someone who has lived a busy life may unwittingly accumulate a high volume of sentimental possessions. Caring Transitions offers a number of downsizing, relocation and estate sale services, however, their downsizing services have become an invaluable resource for our clients. Reducing the amount of clutter in your home can reduce the number of accidents. Caring Solutions can help you with paper and document management, decluttering, donations, disbursements, liquidations and more. For more information, contact Rachel O’Malley at 440-508-4957.
Interior design – Rosalind Strickland Interior Design LLC
Rosalind Strickland, of Interior Design LLC, customizes your home to reduce the risk of accidents that can make living in your home difficult and require you to enter a care facility. She has an overwhelming passion for helping seniors and people with special needs maintain their independence and quality of life. Rosalind is focused on designing home security solutions that help customers avoid those common accidents that often end up reaching the 60% statistic I mentioned earlier.
One of the reasons my clients choose Rosalind is that she is a Certified Home Security Specialist, a certification that is rare among her peers. His services encompass large custom remodels down to the small details. With her senior executive experience in the healthcare industry, she orchestrates all aspects of your design project. She uses the latest trends to balance your unique vision and function. As Rosalind would say, “The optimal life experience connects environmental, physical, emotional, spiritual and material elements. It is my mission to provide comfort and safety. For more information, please call Rosalind at 216-581-7233.
In home care – Your house
Right at Home’s Rabbi Shalom Plotkin offers selected professional caregivers who can help your loved ones stay home and avoid the nursing home. Some of the services include helping your loved one get up and start their day, bathing, driving them where they want, cooking dinner, cleaning the house, and supporting them with activities of daily living. We have referred several clients to Right at Home and have heard nothing but positive feedback. What I personally think sets them apart from other home care companies is their personalized care plan. Instead of just sending someone like a carpet cleaning company to complete a task, Right at Home does an initial assessment to create a personalized plan. Plus, the initial assessment to create a personalized care plan is free. Finally, Right at Home is a preferred supplier to Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, the Alzheimer’s Association and all long term care insurance companies. For more information, contact Shalom at 216-752-2222.
Nobody wants to end up in a nursing home. As an elder law attorney, I have come to know, love and trust these named organizations which have reduced the need for a retirement home for many of our clients. I hope that by sharing this information, you and your loved ones can also avoid the nursing home.
For more information or to contact us, please call 216-573-3723 or [email protected]
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