John was in the late stages of Parkinson’s disease, receiving hospice services while residing in a skilled nursing facility. His wife, Betty, has diabetes and was living independently in their home. John and Jim, their sons, lived on the east coast and were concerned about their father’s nursing care as well as how well their mother was managing her diabetes, the fact that she was still driving and her increasing forgetfulness.
After completing the assessment process and gaining input from family members and involved medical professionals, we created a plan. We gently added extra services for Betty and John was even able to return home with Betty and with hospice care so he could die peacefully at home.
Throughout the process, we had conversations and reported back to John and Jim who were able to be active participants in decisions and were supported along the way thru this difficult time. They now have peace of mind knowing their father was home in his final days, and their mother has an advocate at AgeWise Advocacy & Consulting.
Our assessment process evaluates a client’s needs and wishes based on their current capabilities in the following areas:
- cognitive function
- medical issues
- emotional needs
- social connections
- spiritual values
- physical ability
- housing preferences
- family relationships
The challenges and choices that come with growing older can be overwhelming. It is especially difficult if you live far away from a family member. We are here to help you or your loved one create a plan of care and successfully navigate the complexity of issues often faced.