A family member’s memory loss can be one of the most challenging and heart-wrenching events that a family can experience. Seeing a parent or a spouse lose their ability to remember special days and events or recognize their home and family is emotional and overwhelming. There are many questions that you may have. “How quickly will the memory loss progress?” “What can we do and what lies ahead?” “Should my parent still be driving and how do I get them to stop?” “Can they stay living at home or will I need to move them out?”
You do not have to go through this alone and it indeed “takes a village” to care for an older adult with dementia. The road is long with many challenges. The costs can be daunting. There are many decisions to make along the way.
Elder at Home provides the following services to assist you with this journey:
- We conduct an independent, comprehensive nursing evaluation looking at the older adult’s physical, cognitive and psychological health to determine care needs.
- A full home safety assessment to determine if your loved is safe at home and what an in-home plan of care might look like to maintain them there.
- Recommendations to agencies that specialize in home modifications, assistive devices and home health care.
- Medication management, review and setup of medications, prescription refill management and ongoing monitoring for compliance, side effects and dosage changes.
- Support for ongoing medical needs, such as coordination of medical providers and accompanying to key appointments.
- Advocating with health care plans, long-term care plans and hospitals and rehab facilities to ensure level of care and coverage by Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care policies.
- Referrals to other professional service providers specializing in memory and cognitive issues, such as neurologists, aging and memory programs, geriatric psychiatrists and elder law attorneys.
- Ongoing analysis of changes in living options, which may include referrals and assistance with transitioning to a memory care neighborhood, either in an assisted living community or long-term care facility.
- Personal attention through ongoing regular visits and active care plan monitoring.