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How a Geriatric Care Advocate Can Help
Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?
“I live hours away from my parent and worry about them constantly.”
“My children need me, but so do my parents. I feel like I’m pulled in opposite directions. I just can’t do it all!”
“What happens if my parent goes to the hospital unexpectedly, or has a fall? I don’t have anyone to check on them.”

If so, our Geriatric Care Advocacy program might be a good fit for you.  In this post we will give you some information on what Geriatric Care Advocacy is, and why and how it can benefit your family.

What is Geriatric Care Advocacy?
Geriatric Care Advocates act as a guide, advocate and resource for families caring for older and disabled relatives. They provide personal attention and focus on the client’s specific situation, goals, and needs. With changes in healthcare, planning care is a confusing ordeal. Your advocate will help you navigate the system by interacting with healthcare and other service providers to make sure your loved one receives quality care and are protected from those individuals that may take advantage of those most vulnerable.

In essence, we act as a surrogate son or daughter to help oversee the care plan of your loved one.  Our services may include:
  • Advocacy with health and service providers.
  • Re-assessment and monitoring changing needs.
  • Resource for transitions to independent communities, assisted living centers, or nursing homes.
  • Coordination of services to assist in maintaining goals at home, such as setting up physical therapy services if they are needed.
  • Connection to support services such as Elder Law Attorneys, Veteran’s Administration, and other community resources.
  • Guidance and referrals to preserve financial resources.
  • Home safety inspection and working with companies to assess equipment needs.
  • Schedule medical appointments and accompany clients to the appointment to take notes, and coordinate follow-up appointments or action items, as well as staying in touch with family members.
  • Attend discharge meetings.
Here are some of the benefits of using Geriatric Care Advocacy services:
1.  Peace of mind: Happier At Home Geriatric Care Advocates give peace of mind by being the eyes and ears, acting as a surrogate family member to seniors. We check-in on your loved one regularly, work with our team of caregivers to receive feedback on changes in health or needs and oversee the care plan by managing doctors’ appointments, coordinating prescription refills or follow-up items from the doctors’ appointments, and we can help disseminate information to the family members as well.  This gives peace of mind to you, knowing your loved one’s needs are being met.

2.  Focused on you and your loved one: With Happier at Home, our goal is to provide personalized care.  You will have one person working with you to advocate and make sure your loved one’s goals are being met, and that they have someone advocating for them.

3.  Avoid a crisis before it occurs: Our Geriatric Care Advocates will help to avoid a crisis before it occurs by making regular scheduled visits with your loved one. When a crisis occurs, we’ll assess the situation, comfort your loved one, and formulate a plan of action, all while staying in close touch with the family, but it requires action and planning now to help prevent a crisis situation. 

4.  One point person if a crisis occurs: In the event of a crisis, our Geriatric Care Advocate can act quickly to coordinate care and help you and your family navigate the confusing healthcare system, while keeping your loved one’s goals behind every decision they make. You will have someone who is well versed in the goals and needs of your loved one advocating for you, and all information will be going through one point person, to help ensure clear communication and coordination of services.  This will allow you to focus on what's important - being there for your loved one during their time of need.

We are happy to discuss our Geriatric Care Advocate services with you further.  Please give us a call to learn more about how we can help!
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