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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.
Provided by Claire Wentz from Caring From Afar
As we age, some activities of daily living must be modified to accommodate changes in our physical abilities. In some instances, it makes the most sense to hire a contractor to retrofit or modify your existing home to make it easier and safer to navigate. This approach lets you stay in familiar surroundings while affording you all the other benefits of aging in place.
Every year consumers are introduced to thousands of new options from the land of tech. Many become parts of our every day life, like cell phones and Apple, and others remain obscure and forgotten, but this year there was a new focus worth considering.
With a year behind us many of us would like to forget, we are looking at how we can move forward with a new outlook on life in 2021. For example, many of us were forced to learn how to use technology in 2020 we never felt we’d have a reason to use, and we realized it was a lot easier than we thought! I learned how to use Zoom and Skype, and several other virtual options for meeting with clients and getting information to folks. It’s new world for those of us who over the age of 40, and for once we’re excited to see what technology may have in store for us.
Here is a list of some of the new devices and gadgets designed specifically for seniors, our new way of life, and our future.
Ways for you and your family to stay safe
More than 280,000 Americans had died of COVID-19 as of early December, and 95 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have occurred among people who were 50 or older, and preexisting conditions such as obesity, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and type 2 diabetes make the coronavirus infection even riskier.
We have isolated ourselves for more than nine months, and the psychological toll of COVID is still very real. A study from early in the pandemic found “moderate” and “severe” depression symptoms had tripled, and this holiday we are missing our friends and loved ones more than ever.
So how can we safely celebrate the holidays at the end of such a long and lousy year?
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.
Sian-Pierre Regis, 35, is used to living with roommates. For the past 10 years he has split the rent on his apartment with two to three friends. But in June, he’s getting a co-tenant of a different sort: his 78-year-old mother, Rebecca. A situation neither of them ever expected would happen.
Rebecca has been able to live off her slim retirement savings and part-time work, but when the coronavirus pandemic hit, she found herself out of work, and at the end of May the lease on her subsidized housing expired making it impossible for her to pay her rent.
Mr. Regis is one of the growing number of millennials who are supporting their parents financially and, in some cases, giving them a place to live.