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.
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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.
According to a recent Facebook live report by Kaiser Health News (KHN), every year more than 34 million unpaid caregivers — mostly family members — provide essential aid to adults age 50 and older. They help with tasks such as bathing or dressing and are increasingly performing complex medical tasks such as managing medications, dressing wounds and operating medical equipment.
It’s important to understand the types of emotional and practical challenges family caregivers face as they undertake these responsibilities. How do they cope with changing relationships, financial burdens and the distress that serious illness can provoke? And how do they balance their own needs with the needs of the person they’re caring for? More importantly, where do they find support?
In this presentation by KHN, “Navigating Aging” columnist Judith Graham speaks one-on-one with Dr. Arthur Kleinman, a distinguished professor of psychiatry and anthropology at Harvard University. He is the author of “The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and Doctor,” a new book about caring for his wife from the time she was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.
Graham then leads a discussion among a panel of caregivers, including the director of caregiving projects at AARP’s Public Policy Institute and a psychologist and principal at Health Management Associates out of Philadelphia.
We encourage you to take the time to listen to this enlightening presentation, because family caregivers are the backbone of our nation’s system of long-term care for older adults and will become more common place in the next 5-10 years.
Here at Tacoma Elder Care we want you to know there’s help available to you if you are managing someone’s health or are concerned you may have to in the future. We are proud to announce we will be partnering with Sound Options in 2020.
Sound Options’ integrated care management team delivers comprehensive home care, counseling, and geriatric care management services, and can provide you with all the resources you’ll need.
Today 40% of Adults aged 65+ need assistance with daily living activities, and that statistic will grow to over 70% in the near future.
Start to plan now, so that you will be prepared in the event of an illness. Begin by attending one of our FREE Workshops where you’ll learn about the 5-6 most important documents needs to have if you are over the age of 50 and learn from experts about how to build a healthcare management plan.
You can register for one of our Workshops HERE.