BY:  Beverly Bernstein-Joie, MS, CMC
President Elder Connections

Moving Mom – A Care-giver’s Dilemma

Most Professional Geriatric Care Managers know that moving a senior is risky business.  As we age, change becomes the enemy.  The quest for familiarity and routine is foremost in the minds of the elderly.

My mother was living in an independent living community that was failing her.  The air conditioner was perpetually on the blink.  The one meal a day provided was substandard.  Mom could not eat the food and she had lost 14 pounds.  This was a dangerous situation for a frail 88 year old with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as well as a host of other problems.

The Decision for Better Care

I decided to place mom in a senior care community for a month’s respite stay.  The care would provide my mother  with resources to stabilize her health and social opportunities for her life.  Moving a senior is a daunting task.  But, to allow a dangerous situation to unfold without intervening could be devastating.  Adult children know there are no easy answers.   As a geriatric care manager and daughter caring for my elderly mother, here are . . .

5 Critical Questions to Ask When Choosing an Independent Living Community

1.  Is the community part of a continuum of care?  Is there on-campus assisted care and nursing care?

2.  Is there a wellness nurse in house everyday?

3.  What happens if additional care is necessary?

4.  Are there physicians on-site?

5.  What costs are included in the monthly payment?  Are there additional fees for meals, laundry services, housekeeping and activities, etc.?

A Solution for Peace of Mind

Elder Connections is here to guide you each step of the way.  Knowing what to ask can make all the difference in the world.   If my experience is similar to yours – let me help you find solutions for peace of mind.