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Adaptive clothing improves life for caregivers and care partners

February 14, 2017

Caregivers, adaptive clothing for aging loved ones will make your and your care partner’s lives easier.

adaptive clothingYou may think that suggesting an adult bib might embarrass your loved one. Instead, think about a bib as a tool to help keep favorite blouses or shirts stain-free.

Buttoning” your own shirt is now possible again for those dealing with arthritis, stroke or limited finger dexterity thanks to VELCRO® front design. VELCRO® brand hook and loop tabs behind the placket front permit easy closure by pressing the shirt front together. Buttons are sewn on the placket front for a natural appearance.

A front closure bra may be easier to manage. This bra has four snaps instead of hooks and eyes. For diminished finger flexibility and vision impairments, this front closure bra should work.

A comfortable, everyday shoe for wearing indoors or out, excellent for the woman who has swelling or just a wide foot.

 

Stroke warning signs: live prepared

February 13, 2017

stroke warning signsStroke warning signs, can you quickly and easily name them? The National Stroke Association suggests using the term FAST to help you recognize common stroke warning signs.

F for face

A for arms

S for speech difficulty

T for time

It is critically important to call 911 so that you can get to a hospital and life-saving treatment as quickly as possible.  Remember: you don’t have to exhibit all the symptoms or warning signs to be having a stroke.

To help the emergency medical service (EMS) workers help you, always have a current list of your medications and dosing instructions, a list of known allergies, emergency contact name and telephone number posted on your refrigerator or in a Vial of Life in your refrigerator. Make a habit of regularly checking your medications list for recent changes.

Talk with your family, friends and neighbors about your health. Have a “grab and go” bag that contains copies of your insurance cards, photo ID, emergency contact information, and essential legal documents such as a living will, 5 wishes document, power of attorney documents.

 

Same day medical procedures

February 09, 2017

same day medical proceduresSame day medical procedures that require support from a care partner or a friend can be a challenge to organize and schedule.

Have you or your loved ones been postponing a same day medical procedure (cataracts, endoscopy, colonoscopy, etc.) because you need someone to accompany you, wait for you throughout the procedure (required by physician) and drive you home after your procedure?

Our professional, experienced care managers offer personalized services for same day medical procedures including:

Assistance with pre & post op instructions to promote a successful recovery

Accompany patient to pre op appointment

Pick up and deliver pre op medications and supplies

Reminders and/or assistance with pre-op instructions

Transport patient to procedure

Remain on premises during procedure

Receive discharge and follow-up instructions on behalf of patient

Transport patient home

Confirm that patient is able to safely manage activities of daily living

Follow-up call the day after procedure

Childless boomer in search of circle of care

January 22, 2017

childless boomerChildless boomer is a term coined by the aging professional community.

A childless boomer is defined as someone who reaches old age with no family or friends left that can provide care for him/her. A shortage of caregivers in our aging society is already a serious issue and is projected to worsen.

Baby boomers need to be proactive about addressing the questions that inevitably accompany the aging years. Conversations, even with oneself, about old age and end of life are difficult. Start by writing down worries, concerns, and try to answer the hard questions about dying and death.

  • What happens if I no longer can drive?
  • Who will support me during a hospitalization and after discharge to home?
  • Who will help me manage my monthly bills?
  • Where should I live when I no longer can manage my residence independently?
  • How will I maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes good nutrition, recreation, exercise, etc.?

These questions and more likely will lead to a need for dialogues with loved ones, trusted healthcare providers, spiritual leaders and legal counsel. In turn, these dialogues help to build a circle of care – a team of care managers and care providers.

Resources that help facilitate difficult end of life planning conversations include:

  • Five Wishes: this is a type of living will, (written with assistance from The American Bar Association) that can be accessed online or you can order a hard copy. Unlike other living will formats, Five Wishes addresses your personal, emotional and spiritual desires along with your medical wishes. Once the document has been completed and signed, it is valid in most states. The document speaks for you in the event you are seriously ill and cannot speak for yourself. No one will have to guess what you want. It is easy to complete.
  • Advance directives: healthcare Power of Attorney (PoA), durable Power of Attorney (DPoA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Authorization, estate plan (will or trust). You can seek an attorney’s guidance or download documents from the Web to designate who and under what circumstances will someone you appoint act on your behalf.

Working through these exercises and documents is a way to identify and name the people that you want on your team. A childless boomer, parents of an only child, estranged families are examples of individuals and circumstances where one may need to look beyond traditional family supports  for trustworthy friends or professionals to serve as your health or financial proxy.

“The key thing is choosing someone who will enforce the decisions that you’ve already made.”
— Bert Rahl, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Source: Next Avenue July 23, 2015 article Who Will Provide Care for Childless Boomers?

 

Household monthly bills

December 28, 2016

household monthly billsWhen did managing the household monthly bills become so burdensome to my mom? For 50+ years Mom ran the household, an early version of “Momager”.

Recently though, as the macular degeneration continues to weaken Mom’s vision, her daily chores take longer and her patience is short. When I visit I see the mail stacked up on the kitchen table, some of it still unopened. She fusses that the cable bill increased again but brushes me off when I ask to see a statement. She worries about the cost of her most recent hospitalization and complains that her insurance EOBs do not match up with the most recent medical bills.

I wish I could visit more than a few times each year. I wish that she would let me manage her accounts for her online. I sometimes think about re-routing her mail to my mailing address but realize that I don’t have that authority.

I think that Mom is willing to accept help to review, pay and file household monthly bills and to represent her on telephone calls with her insurance company and her healthcare providers. She wants someone that is a professional, is certified, and can provide references from past/present clients. Mom is on a fixed income but I would gladly help cover the costs. Aging life care professionals range in price from $75-$100/hour. Mom’s needs easily could be managed in about an hour/month.

I would welcome someone to help manage Mom’s monthly household bills. This person would be a blessing to me. Mom and I wouldn’t have the tense conversations that disrupt our visits now. I would worry less that bills are going unpaid or that she may fall victim to a financial scam. Mom and I would have mother-daughter time again.

Preferred Living Solutions offers an initial, free 1 hour consultation. Care managers work with you to customize a plan that meets your unique needs.