Not too Much - Not too Little
Organizing support for my Senior clients is very individualized and often changes quickly depending on the needs of the client and the other supports available to them. The goals are: to maintain dignity and independence; minimize stress, confusion, and obstacles; and to optimize functioning in this fast paced and changing society. Clients and their families can pick and choose support aspects that fit their needs or create new ones as required.
Mail, bill payment, filing, budgeting, communication with family and support services. Are there any maintenance issues falling through the cracks?
Medical paper work, bill pay, appointment scheduling and accompaniment, communication with family members. Are their basic medical needs known and being addressed?
Having a clinical social work degree, part of my assessment and on-going focus is to be sure that clients are safe. Is there a supply of non-perishable food? Can paramedics easily maneuver a gurney in the home? Is a phone or call button accessible at all times? Is the environment healthy? Is my client isolated? Do they have adequate transportation?
Arranging for property maintenance or assistance with chores & services, downsizing, staging, memorabilia, and transitions. How do we navigate the unpredictable?
BOOTS ON THE GROUND
For many of my senior clients I am the communication link with family members that are not readily available. I can visit as often as needed to provide the above mentioned services while also assisting with technology that enables greater communication, providing emailed reports to family, or a phone call to insure that everyone stays in the proverbial loop. In emergencies and crisis situations I can be a local resource, an advocate and familiar face until family is available.