By Julie Whitbeck-Lewinski
Local business helps seniors find care and living options at no cost
The expert team at CarePatrol has not let the pandemic get in the way of helping seniors find the best care and living options. CarePatrol provides a no-cost service for seniors and their families navigating the complexities of care transitions when more help is needed.
CarePatrol helps explore in-home care, independent living, assisted living and memory care options available locally and nationally.
The options are overwhelming
Senior living is not one size fits all. Whether a senior is looking to age in place at home as long as possible, needs skilled medical care daily, needs memory care supports or just wants more amenities, there are a variety of options to fit the bill.
It’s not just a nursing home. Options range from various types of in-home care and supports to age-in-place and independent living communities with or without care supports. Independent living communities offer various amenities, making life easier and more enjoyable than one might have living on their own. These communities can offer the opportunity for couples with different care needs to reside together. Beyond independent living communities, the next level of care is in assisted living communities. These communities can offer various levels of care, memory care and enhanced care services. Assisted living communities come in many different styles: room style, studio and apartment styles with unique amenities and services to meet care needs.
Navigating the options
CarePatrol offers an in-depth care discovery process where they take a person-centered approach to understand the senior’s needs, desires, geographic preferences and budget. The CarePatrol team uses their decades of legal, healthcare, social work, life enrichment and senior living experience to identify a handful of curated options to meet their specific care and living needs. They walk families through the appropriate options and facilitating the option of choice. CarePatrol educates families regarding options for paying for care such as reviewing all of their available assets, exploring the availability of Veterans’ benefits, selling a home, reversing a mortgage, other government benefits and more. CarePatrol is able to connect families to a variety of elder care services to support every step of their journey.
Now is the time
CarePatrol can help at any time, day or night, weekday or weekend. Planning ahead for long-term care should be a priority for any senior. However, most families reach out when concerns or challenges arise:
• When hospitalization occurs and it is no longer safe to go home;
• When a senior ends up in sub-acute rehab and needs to have a safe discharge plan to go home or to a senior living community;
• When a caregiver is overwhelmed and unable to continue providing all the care for the senior;
• When memory impairments become a safety concern;
• When multiple falls are occurring.
Don’t wait for a crisis situation. Reach the team at CarePatrol today to begin your no-cost senior living journey.
Julie Whitbeck-Lewinski, OTD, OTR/L, CDCS, CFPS, is the owner-senior care consultant of CarePatrol of Rochester-Syracuse.