When Is It Time For Elder Care Coordination

Elder Care Coordination helps seniors and their family members navigate the senior healthcare continuum. An experienced Elder Care Coordinator can develop an elder centered plan that meets the specific needs of the elder while conserving the resources needed to pay for healthcare services.

Without a plan, an elder my find themselves getting services from a provider they didn’t choose or be unnecessarily admitted to the nursing home.

Most people think that elder care coordination is just for the frail elderly.  But a good long-term care plan initiated before illness or injury strike can save time and money when dealing with a health care crisis.

So when is time for Elder Care Coordination? One or more of the factors listed below may indicate a need for long-term care planning by an Elder Care Coordination

Health Risk Factors

  • Recently diagnosed with a progressive illness like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Vascular Dementia, Congestive Heart Failure, Kidney Disease or Cancer.
  • Suffering from a chronic disease or condition like diabetes, hepatitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), muscle disorders, chronic debilitating pain, concussion syndrome or heart disease.
  • Recent illness or injury caused by falling at home, stroke, closed head injury or heart attack.

Lifestyle Factors

  • Changes in mobility that restrict the ability to move around the house.
  • Changes in mobility the restrict shopping, attending scheduled appointments like doctor’s office visits and social activity.
  • Changes in physical endurance that restrict activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing, meal preparation, bathing and housekeeping.
  • Trips out of the house require assistance from a friend or family member.

Support Factors

  • Limited support available from family or friends in case of illness.
  • Lack of plan in place for providing care at home in case of healthcare crisis.
  • Lacks knowledge of the senior healthcare continuum including various levels of service, cost and qualifications.
  • Desire to save money and resources from long-term care costs.

If one or more of these factors apply to you, you may need intervention from an Elder Care Coordinator. The Elder Care Coordinator can then develop a long-term plan to proactively plan for a health care crisis that could drain valuable resources.

For more information about how Elder Care Coordination can help you, fill out the contact for below.

 

About Tony Fischer

As an advocate for elders and their families, Tony has experience in the entire healthcare continuum. He has worked in hospitals, nursing homes, home care, hospice, and non-profits. His vast and unique experience led him to become a consultant that helps clients navigate the senior healthcare system. Tony also works hand and hand with healthcare providers to improve and streamline customer service. The company he founded with his wife Lori, Elder Advocacy Group Inc, advocates for seniors and senior health issues. They do this through the innovative concepts of Life Care Planning and Elder Care Coordination. Through these concepts Tony is able to help elders and their families plan to age successfully on their terms by protecting their right to choose the healthcare services they want provided in the place they want it. Tony shares his talents with other senior advocacy groups like the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council where he advises a non-profit serving seniors in Wayne County, Michigan. He also produces FREE online content for seniors and their families