It’s common to notice all the things your senior isn’t getting done at home and immediately jump to the conclusion that they can’t continue to live at home independently.  As we age, we need to continually make adjustments to help us adapt to the aging process.  Sometimes this process can stall. 

Your senior’s physician is likely to have an opinion on whether or not they care capable of continuing to live at home, and contacting them is a good place to start. In addition, you might consider a geriatric care manager. A geriatric care manager is a professional who is qualified to objectively assess whether your senior is capable of continuing to live independently either with or without adjustments.  Their assessment will include your senior’s safety, their ability to perform daily activities, their nutritional and emotional health, and their memory.  They are also qualified to recommend specific changes that can help your senior continue their independent lifestyle. And they may recommend against your senior living at home. To find a geriatric care manager in your area, search our directory. 

The New York Times had a blog a few years ago about why you might want to hire a geriatric care manager.

Senior Magazine also had a nice article on geriatric care assessment.

You can also visit the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers (NAGCM) to find information on locating and working with a geriatric care manager.

For health tips, go to List of Health Tips for Older Adults at the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Health Advocates

A health advocate is a relatively new role in healthcare.  The role is to advocate for patients’ rights and ensure that their client, the patient, is receiving proper care and coverage.

Many companies offer this service to their employees and their extended families, but there are independent patient advocate services as well.