How We Help Families With Transitioning Seniors

How We Help Families With Transitioning Seniors

By Mark Viergutz & the ALC Staff
Assisted Living Connections

Families With Transitioning Seniors
We previously wrote about noticing changes in your parents over the holidays. In summary, it became clear your mom or dad may not be safe without some kind of assistance and care on a regular basis. What kind of assistance? How much will it cost?

Identifying The Problems
At some point, most adult children confront this problem with their aging parents. If you have not made plans or spoken with your parents, you may need to find the answers to a lot of questions. This time of transition will present you with several hurdles to overcome, including some difficult emotions and stress. As in many life situations, confronting this issue sooner can give you more options.

What if one or both of your parents are reluctant to confront the changes that will have to take place? What if you have a sibling or a relative who does not agree with your assessment of your parents’ needs? Family dynamics make a challenging situation even more daunting and difficult.

Reaching Out For Help
Assisted Living Connections deals with these situations on a daily basis seven days a week. The process usually begins with a call from a family member wanting information or too often desperate for a solution. We immediately return phone calls, listen attentively and provide guidance, support, and resources to find the best solution. We provide a counselor to assist you in what can be an uncomfortable conversation with your parents or siblings. Our services are completely free.

During this initial phone call we conduct an in-depth assessment to evaluate you or your loved one’s physical and psychological profile. We ask about specific care needs, lifestyle considerations, and available resources. Once completed, the assessment becomes a roadmap leading to the appropriate levels of home care, assisted living or memory care.

Determining the Level of Care and Community
Once the appropriate care options are established, we contact the communities or care providers to find out who has openings and can work within the budget. A list of suitable and available options will be sent to you to visit and tour. When possible, Assisted Living Connections will accompany you to support you on the tour.

It is always up to you and your loved ones to make the final decision. We will remain available to answer questions and address concerns. Even after the move, we will always be available to you for as long as needed.

Mark ViergutzMark Viergutz assists with Technology, Marketing, & Client Support for Assisted Living Connections
If you have more questions for Mark he can be reached at: Mark@MVCreativeServices.design
Mark’s office # is: 805-467-6875

Did You Notice Something Wasn’t Right About Your Parents Over The Holidays?

Did You Notice Something Wasn’t Right About Your Parents Over The Holidays?

By Mark Viergutz & the ALC Staff
Assisted Living Connections

Something Wasn’t Right About Your Parents Over The Holidays
The holidays are an opportunity to be with family including your elderly parents, often for a rare extended period of time. What was supposed to be a joyous reunion became the realization that something wasn’t right about your mom or dad. Or perhaps you noticed a worsening of symptoms from a year ago, something your parents may not be aware of because the changes were incremental.

Perhaps you saw behavioral lapses, reduced mental functioning, or physical unsteadiness. There might have been other signs: Unopened mail. An unkempt house. Unexplained bruises. Unsteady walking or standing. Medications not being taken. An empty refrigerator. Wearing the same clothes, often stained or dirty. These changes caused you to wonder: Is Mom as safe as I want her to be? Is Dad putting himself in danger?

Your mom or dad may have reached a threshold that needs to be crossed: He or she is no longer capable of properly caring for themselves.

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7 Signs Your Aging Parents Need Extra Help:
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Some adult children are more “fortunate” than others in that they live close by, perhaps in the same community. Others live hours away and it can become even more challenging to figure out how to keep your parents healthy and safe.

At a minimum, aging parents may require some kind of regular caregiving. But what kind and at what expense?

The first step is to recognize that your parents may not be safe living by themselves and may be needing some assistance. To understand this may require a visit to their primary care physician to discuss your concerns and have them evaluated. An assessment will determine whether your parents can manage with home caregiving help (referred to as home care) or if they need to be relocated into the right type of assisted living facility.

If this can’t be done, the next option (and perhaps an easier one) is to contact a caregiving agency that can send a professional over to evaluate your parent’s situation. An assessment will determine whether your parents can manage with home caregiving help or if they need to be relocated into the right type of assisted living facility.

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11 Signs Your Parent May Be Ready for Assisted Living:
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If additional help is warranted, contact an assisted living referral agency located — and specializing — in the area where you prefer your parents to live. Sometimes that is the community where they already live. Sometimes that is where you live.

Assisted Living Connections, serving Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley, provides all the resources for determining the best options for you and your parents. In our next post, we will describe our process and detail the services and resources available, all at no cost to you.

Mark ViergutzMark Viergutz assists with Technology, Marketing, & Client Support for Assisted Living Connections
If you have more questions for Mark he can be reached at: Mark@MVCreativeServices.design
Mark’s office # is: 805-467-6875