Welcome to Caregiver Relief cares e-learning series. This is Diane carbo and today's hot topic is aging in place. What is aging in place? This is a term that is used to help aging seniors remain in their home and community and function independently for as long as possible.
Baby boomers have made it perfectly clear.They want to remain in their homes as they age.
There does come a time. When an agency senior will need help with everyday tasks, aging in place takes planning. In order for you to be successful, to plan to age in place, you should first make your home your partner. This means making your home senior friendly, making home modifications and utilizing new technologies and home care products are the keys to avoiding an admission to a nursing home.
What Do You Need To Do To Plan to Age In Place
Know your finances and insurance, it is really important that every senior knows what it's going to take to legally and financially costs to remain in their home as long as possible. This means planning for future care needs and understanding those costs, exploring community resources, understanding Medicare, Medicaid, and Medicaid asset protection.
It may mean for some of you exploring long term care insurance or the options of reverse mortgage. It's also important to address healthcare issues. Early aging can mean dealing with chronic medical conditions. We are living longer, but those extra years may not be spent in always be spent in good health, understanding your health, your life expectancy, and possible changes in physical and or cognitive ability.
Get Legal Paper Work In Order
What will affect your ability to age in place? It's important also to get legal paperwork in order, Hey, you need to open those lines of communication with your family and friends. You need to identify a power of attorney for your health care and maybe another one for your finances. It's important to get a prepared advanced directive early in your aging process.
As difficult as it can be. You need to discuss end of life options. Are you wanting hospice when the time comes? Do you want everything done to live as long as possible? It's also important to discuss funeral arrangements that can save you tons of money. If you do things ahead of time, address, future transportation needs.
Hey, be prepared to give up driving. It's going to happen sooner or later. Seniors want to remain socially active. So planning ahead for when driving is no longer possible is important. Look for alternative means of transportation. Education is really important here. It's a large category that's going to change as your situation changes.
Is a Family Caregiver Contract in Your Future?
There's legal issues. Should you put a family caregiver contract in. This is, uh, a contract. I recommend every family caregiver put in place, get your power of attorney forms together. Advanced directives, Medicaid, asset management, disease management is also important. You need to understand the levels of care you may need, or the use of a geriatric care management and how that's going to help you maneuver the medical delivery system.
Activities for seniors is so important. It covers everything from social. And recreational activities to activities of daily, living such as dressing, cooking, and bathing levels and types of activities will change as the physical and mental abilities of the aging. Senior changes activities can prevent boredom, negative and challenging behaviors and can also slow cognitive decline.
Develop a Person Centered Profile For Your Family Member
I'm promoting person centered care here. I feel that every family caregiver needs to promote person centered approach to the care of their family member. By doing this, your healthcare providers see you or your family member as a person and not just the disease or a group of symptoms, it starts by developing an individualized profile, which could be found on aging home health care.com.
At caregiverrelief.com. We have developed a community where you can find the answers to all your questions about aging in place.
You will find all the resources and support to help you or your family member remain in their home and community for as long as possible. Thank you for joining us today.
We look forward to seeing you at our future e-learning courses.