The Problem: 70% of the baby boomers reaching Social Security and Medicare age will need long-term care. Statistics show the majority don’t know the various forms of long-term care and the different means to pay for it. Current Status: Over ten million Americans now require long-term care annually and Medicaid is the primary source of … Read more
A Certified Senior Advisor (CSA ®) is a specialist in aging and is committed to ethical behavior and knowledge required to benefit senior clients and their families. Becoming a CSA gives professionals who work with seniors an increased understanding and appreciation of the challenges that the majority of seniors in the United States face. By … Read more
A call came from the discharge planner at the hospital in Hillsboro. They had a patient that needed 24×7 supervision who couldn’t return to his home and needed to find a memory care facility as he was an “elopement risk” (they were worried he would walk out the front door and wander away). The hospital case manager wanted to discharge him as quickly as possible and asked us to help find him a room in memory care in Portland as it wasn’t safe to allow him to return home…
There were lots of signs he (and his wife) needed more assistance. The daughters had already decided the next time he was in the hospital would be the final straw, it would be time to move. While usually we can find the perfect place for him to move, this time every memory care building was full and most had a waiting list.
Our number one recommendation is don’t wait until there’s a crisis to make a move. When it’s a crisis you are stuck with what’s available and it may not be what you really want. The senior in crisis won’t get input on which place he/she wants, family will have to make all the decisions. They’re already feeling overwhelmed with all that’s going on with their loved ones and the pressure of making a quick decision to meet hospital discharge expectations is extremely stressful!