For seniors, the companionship that a dog or cat can provide is obvious. There is nothing like returning home to a joyful welcome that you get from a dog or cat that says you are the best person in the world! As you age, there are far less opportunities for this type of approval.
Adele Lund, Director Community and Business Relations, at Laureate Group Senior Communities, shares tools on how to have a meaningful conversation with your loved one during COVID-19.
From Beth Anderson, Executive Vice President of Laureate Group Senior Communities: The COVID-19 virus has taken all of us on quite a journey. This is the first time I’ve been on a journey like this, and it’s been a learning experience watching how COVID-19 is changing senior living.
Pharmacists are an integral member of your healthcare team. They look for interactions between the medications you’re taking, assess for correct dosages, and provide counsel to you on properly taking and storing medications. Pharmacists are also a resource for questions pertaining to insurances and payment options for medications. It pays to get to know your pharmacist and understand what to share with your pharmacist.
For seniors, it’s not only important to have resources, it’s critical that you have quality resources. It’s not about volume, it’s about a place you can go or a person you can talk to that will answer your specific question with clarity.
Here are a few quality resources that I often use when guiding seniors and their families. I thought you might find them useful as well:
Early in my career I began some outreach to area faith communities with a purpose of serving area congregations by sharing the many resources Laureate Group has to offer, including the opportunity of expressing your faith in a senior living community. I recently asked Father Mike to share what he’s experienced in his new role and he sent me the following note on expressing your faith in a senior living community.
Staffing is not just about the number of people working in the facility at any given time. It’s about the credentials of the people who make up the staffing plan on a daily basis. Full time RNs in assisted living is a key element to consider when choosing a senior living facility. You want to have the assurance that quality care is directed and provided under the direct supervision of qualified professionals such as Registered Nurses.
A health care power of attorney functions very differently than a financial power of attorney. The importance of a health care power of attorney (also called a health care or medical proxy) is to appoint someone to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to make those decisions yourself.