A senior’s health crisis can occur at any time. Since most families are not prepared for a broken hip, stroke or diagnosis of dementia, they are not able to define their problems in a manner that enables them to get helpful responses from the system. They therefore frequently call upon Karen Henderson for her experience and counsel.
Whether you live at a distance from your older family members or you are part of the growing “sandwich generation” who may be balancing work as well as caring for younger children and aging relatives, Karen recommends seeking expert assistance for helping with assessment and planning for care needs before a crisis occurs.
When you decide to use Karen’s expertise because of an emergency or a chronic eldercare situation, here is the process you will follow.
Step 1. Karen will meet with you in person or via the telephone to complete a care assessment questionnaire.
Step 2. Karen will then review the assessment and create:
- A list of observations that need to be acted upon
- A detailed set of recommendations for ongoing care
- A detailed list of resources
- Referrals where necessary to other health care professionals
Step 3. A final meeting to review the assessment and recommendations
Things Karen may discuss include:
- Understanding and utilizing government-paid home and facility care
- Consultation with a geriatrician
- Employing the services of a geriatric care manager
- The role of the family meeting
- Role of assistive devices
- Risk of falls
- Coping with a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia
- Initial 2-hour consultation
- Report and resources
- Follow up telephone meeting
- Your own copy of the Critical Illness/Long term Care Planner for information management
For more information or to set up a meeting Contact Karen Henderson: