From Guest Contributor: LifeCare Advocates

An article in the Boston Globe on August 6, 2018 entitled “There’s a window, and once it closes, it closes forever” details the challenging decisions faced by elders and their families who wish to “age in place” at home, but for whom a move to a more supportive living environment may be recommended.

In this article, the experiences of many professionals in the elder care community, including several Aging Life Care Professionals and LifeCare Advocates’ CEO Kate Granigan, are highlighted. The challenges of finding the right time to make a move (too soon, too late?) are discussed, as well as the impact that couples requiring different levels of care, elders or family members who aren’t “ready” to make a move, ageism, perception, and relationships have on these important decisions and transitions.

Our professional, objective, skilled LifeCare Advocates Aging Life Care Professionals assist and support elders and families every day in making these difficult decisions. Is it safe for Mom to stay home? Can she afford the care she will need now and in the future? What are the qualifications for independent living, assisted living, or skilled nursing care? How will a facility or campus of care support different levels of care for a couple while allowing them to be together?

We always begin our work with a thorough objective assessment, including speaking with adult children or other family members, meeting the elder(s) in person, talking with providers, and providing detailed recommendations and resources for care. We have relationships with care providers at every level of care, and can help advocate for our clients to receive the least restrictive but safest level of care possible. We pride ourselves on our ability to guide our clients and their families along this journey. We are skilled in hearing their concerns, debunking myths, providing a perspective on the reality of care options, providing an objective voice amongst family members in disagreement, and coaching family members on communication strategies with their elder loved ones with dementia. We use our clinical understanding as well as our compassionate approach to develop relationships with our clients and their families to help them make these tough decisions, implement care decisions including moving to care facilities, and monitor our clients’ adjustment to care changes.

As Life Care Professionals, we have trodden these paths of elder care many times, and though the details are unique to each individual, the guidance and support of a professional can be invaluable in these times of adjustment and change.

If you are interested in learning more about our services, please go to www.lcadvocates.com, or call 617-928-0200.