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As parents grow older, a health crisis can often highlight the need for family members to become involved in making elder care decisions for a loved one. According to the Caregiving in the U.S. Report, 66% of family caregivers report having significant decision-making authority on behalf of their care recipient. For elderly parents to receive the care they need several factors need to be considered, starting with establishing an accurate picture of their care needs.
The increasing use and sophistication of new technical products and remote platforms for monitoring patients and family members was recently profiled in this great article from the New York Times by Katherine C. Pearson (Dickinson Law, Penn State). It offers many suggestions and solutions you may not have considered for monitoring your loved one’s care.
How technology can help families monitor the health and safety of older people kept from their families by the coronavirus.
Norman Potter’s mother, Dorothy, who suffers from a chronic pulmonary illness, lives alone in the mountain town of Newland, N.C., two hours from his home in Winston-Salem. For a year, Mr. Potter has been looking for technology that would enable him to monitor his mother’s health from afar.
Bob Michaels is extremely passionate about providing the best possible legal experience for his clients, and focuses his practice on elder law, estate planning, business, and real estate matters. Bob has been able to provide piece of mind and a solid foundation to many folks in the Puget Sound area over the years and wants to provide resources and relevant information whenever he can. For more information on how Bob can help your loved ones through these troubling times, contact Bob to schedule a FREE consultation.
Since the Covid-19 crisis began, nursing home residents have been separated from their families. Some families have gotten creative – visiting through windows, via Zoom, Facetime, and from parking lots. Although many have had no way to reach their loved one, and must rely on staff to give them updates.
Unfortunately, this isolation has increased depression and confusion in many residents, leading to heartbreaking scenes of seniors dying alone and families not finding out until after the fact, or families unable to enter their loved ones’ room during their final days.
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At Tacoma Elder Care, your safety and security are one of our biggest priorities.
As part of our commitment to helping you through these challenging times, we want to share important information you may find interesting or relevant. This article, recently posted by Kaiser Health, brings attention to a silent crisis now occurring with elders in need of nursing care who are being turned away due to a shortage of beds and concerns surrounding the prospect of taking patients who may have coronavirus infections.
Judith Graham, a writer for Kaiser Health, knows she’s at risk for developing dementia. Her father died of Alzheimer’s disease at age 72 and her sister was felled by frontotemporal dementia at 58. Additionally, she had two maternal uncles that had Alzheimer’s, and her maternal grandfather may have had vascular dementia. (In his generation, it was called senility.)
Which is why whenever she misplaces a pair of eyeglasses or can’t remember the name of a movie she saw, she thinks, “Now comes my turn with dementia.”
Here’s her story:
Seniors have unique legal needs that are best served by an attorney with extensive knowledge and experience in the field of elder law. Elder law encompasses a range of issues of importance to seniors, including estate planning, Medicaid planning, guardianship, and estate administration and litigation.