The majority of older Americans wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible, but aren't made aware of the available resources to ensure a safe, long-term living situation.
An in-home evaluation
I recently had the privilege of working with a couple who wanted to ensure they could stay in their home long-term. As a member of the National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC), I am aware that an overwhelming majority of older Americans want to remain in their homes for as long as possible, but lack awareness of home and community-based services that make independent living possible.
I reviewed home safety, cognitive and functional status, daily living challenges, legal documents, current diagnosis, medications, and physicians. We discussed the preferred Home Health, Home Care, Short Term Rehabilitation Facility, and Hospice so they would know who to call if they need help.
Ensuring safety within the home
They signed a HIPPA release form and I now have access to their Physician-Patient Portals, so that I am current with their medical details and will be able to speak to professionals on their behalf in case of emergency. I was gratified to complete my comprehensive assessment and deliver a plan of care that will allow them to achieve their goal of staying in their home long term.
Are your loved ones wanting to stay put? Reach out to me to reinstate your confidence in their decision.