Aging Well, Aging In Place

About Elder Advocacy Group

The health care system is a rapidly changing service.  With changes to everything from insurance coverage to service, it is easy for anyone to get lost in the shuffle. Too often it is the people who most often use our healthcare system (our seniors) who get left behind.glasses-on-calendar-Klaus Post

Senior citizens and their families are forced to navigate through a jungle of health care services and providers without the knowledge they need to make informed decisions. Social Workers and Case Managers just don’t have the time to fully explain healthcare services and funding options. This can be especially hard on members of the Baby Boomer generation who are trying to take care of their parents while struggling with their own health problems.

The struggle can leave a caregiver feeling helpless and ineffective.

Elder Advocacy Group’s mission is to empower seniors and their families to make informed health care decisions through knowledge and advocacy. We accomplish this be giving our clients the latest health care information, expert advise and excellent resources. Our staff is there every step of the way and at the bedside if necessary to advocate for our clients.

With over 40 years of experience in providing healthcare service to seniors, our staff understands the senior health care continuum and how to find the best care options for our clients.  We do this through an innovative processes like Elder Care Coordination and Life Care Planning.  Through Life Care Plan and Elder Care Coordination, our clients are able to plan for future health care needs in a way that helps them protect their right to choose health care services while preserving resources.

Our service is much more than a strong referral network or detailed estate planning.  It combines the legalities of elder law with the logistics of health care to develop an elder centered Life Care Plan that will anticipate needs and funding for long-term care.

Life Care Plan is just that, a plan for LIFE.  A Life Care Plan effectively uses a clients resources to help them age in the place they call home with the services they choose instead of wasting money on services they don’t need or want.

Traditional Estate Planning  models are focused on how your assets will be divided after your death. This type of estate planning is transaction based meaning that after your plan is written, the relationship with your attorney comes to an end. A Life Care Plan focuses on life and what you need to age well.

The Life Care Plan concept accepts the premise that your long-term estate plan may change over time based on financial and health circumstances. It also takes into account that your plan may need to be adjusted when those changes occur.

That is why a Life Care Plan comes with lifetime support. Each Life Care Plan comes with a Elder Care Coordinator who is dedicated to help clients Age Well and Age In Place. Your Elder Care Coordinator will help adjust your Life Care Plan as health care and financial conditions change.

Elder Advocacy Group works with the Attorney’s Chris Berry and Brandon Thomson of The Elder Care Firm to give lifetime legal support of your Life Care Plan. They carry the seal of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the gold standard for Lawyers in the field of Elder Law.

What is Elder Care Coordination?

Elder Care Coordination is much more than just a referral network that locates nursing homes.

True Elder Care Coordination helps clients find their way through the health care maze so they can choose the health care service that is right for them. Then they are there as an advocate for the client when called upon. An Elder Care Coordinator helps client’s manage their personal health care team by establishing a culture of accountability with focus on a personalized plan.

Our Elder Care Coordinators work directly for our clients, not service providers. That means Elder Advocacy Group does not accept referral fees from facilities or home care companies like other popular referral networks. Because of that our Elder Care Coordinators always have our clients best interest in mind. We will only recommend what is best for our clients and not our bottom line.

We Helped Them, We Can Help You

Elder Advocacy Group has helped many clients take control of their healthcare. Our client’s “Age In Place” and in the process protect the legacy they have built for their family.  The following are real cases from real clients.  The names have been changed in order to protect private health information.

Mrs. Suarez was at the end of her rope.  The immigrant from Trinidad came to Michigan to be closer to her son some years ago and was living with her husband in an independent living center. The couple was living easy and in good health until a fall turned their life upside down.  Mr. Suarez, who had been diagnosed with mild dementia, fell while using the bathroom and was transferred to a local hospital. He suffered a broken hip that required surgery.

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After surgery, Mr. Suarez was admitted to a nursing center for sub-acute rehab.  He didn’t do well in therapy because his dementia effected his ability to follow directions. As a result, the nursing center recommended discharge to an assisted living where Mr. Suarez could get 24 hour care from a home health aide.

A reasonable plan expect for the fact that the assisted living chosen by the social worker at he nursing home failed to take good care of Mr. Suarez. The staff did not understand how to care for patients with dementia and Mr. Suarez was kept in bed and developed a decub.  The combination of pain from his recent hip injury, the bed sore on his back-side and living in strange place caused an increase in Mr. Suarez’ dementia symtoms.  He was going down hill fast.  That is when his wife called Elder Advocacy Group.

Our Elder Care Coordinator met with Ms. Suarez to find out how her and her husband wanted to Age In Place. During our conversation she stated her and her husband wanted to live together in the same place for as long as they could.

We assessed Mr. Suarez at the assisted living where he was admitted.  After speaking with staff and reviewing treatment information, we determined Mr. Suarez could get 24-hour care at home and stay with his wife for a little less than the monthly cost of the assisted living. Getting one-on-one care from a home health aide in the comfort of their own home was definitely more appealing to the family then the one-to-eight caregiver ratio offered by the assisted living.

Another one of our clients, the McDonalds found themselves in a similar situation.  They were being pressured to send their dad to a nursing home which would have cost $8,500 out of pocket.  Instead both mom and dad were able to move to an assisted living, get the extra care they needed at about half the cost.

Our Elder Care coordinators helped them tour facilities to find the one that was right for them. We also helped them plan for everything they needed before and after the move. The move helped them protect the hard-earned resources that will give them more care options later on in life.