Text Size:

CAREERS
SUPPORT ERS
ERH-logo-white.png

The Official Blog of Episcopal Retirement Services

Find Peace of Mind as a Caregiver for a Cincinnati Senior

Oct 21, 2013 9:30:00 AM

Senior with caregiverAt ERH, we know that so many of our residents spoke with their families as they were making the decision to move into a senior living community. But for every older adult that chooses to move into a retirement community in Cincinnati, there’s another who chooses to remain at home.

And as those seniors get older, their health and safety at home can become a very real concern for their families.

But there’s good news. Geriatric care management and other senior living services can help ensure that older adults who live at home are safe and well cared for.

Talk to a Geriatric Care Management Team in Cincinnati

If you’re concerned about the health, wellness and safety of a loved one, our Living Well Senior Solutions team works with seniors throughout the Greater Cincinnati area to create a safe and comfortable living environment at home.

Our professional care management team provides the solutions you’re looking for—

  • Providing a complete, personalized assessments of strengths and needs
  • Developing individualized care plans and managing the ongoing care process
  • Answering questions about changes in healthcare and living situations
  • Offering continuing support to maintain optimal health, safety and independence
  • Connecting seniors to the services and resources they need

In the last year, our care management team has worked with an increasing number of seniors to improve their quality of life and help them continue to do the things they love:

  • Preventing at least 10 hospitalizations because of early intervention and follow-up. This often means doing mini-assessments when care managers notice a client isn’t feeling well and contacting the doctor before a condition escalates.
  • Correcting potential safety issues and prevent countless falls.
  • Helping clients keep up the lifestyle they’re used to—going on trips and attending events.
  • Providing rides for doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping and other errands.
  • Helping clients and their families through the complicated process of selling a house.
  • Ensuring that spouses and families are together for holidays and family events.
  • Assisting with technology like emergency response devices, medication dispensing systems, and easier to manage phones, so that clients could stay safely in their homes.

Look into Aging in Place Renovations

If you’re worried that your loved one is living in a home that hasn’t been optimized for their safety, talking to an experienced builder who has experience in aging in place renovations can be a great place to start finding peace of mind.

A Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) can answer any questions you may have about what kind of features your loved one’s home may need to continue being safe and accessible long into the future. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) can help you find a certified contractor near you, but don’t be pushed into any unnecessary renovations.

  • Low maintenance landscaping and exteriors means that you don’t have to worry about being able to touch up chipped paint or weed the garden, but if you already have a service that maintains your grounds, it might not be something you need to include in your plans.
  • If you have a 2 story house, you probably should consider the how accessible necessities like your kitchen, bath, and bedroom will be in the future.  However, you may not need to transition all of the necessities to the first floor, if a chair lift is a viable option.

Have a conversation with your loved one and their senior healthcare provider about the kind of assistive or support devices you may need in the future, then talk with a trusted financial advisor to plan out a renovation budget that covers the changes necessary to keep your loved one safe and living well.

Download Our Retirement Community Decision Guide For Adult Children

 

Image credit: alexraths / 123RF Stock Photo

Bryan Reynolds

Written by: Bryan Reynolds

Bryan Reynolds is the Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Bryan is responsible for developing and implementing ERS' digital marketing strategy, and overseeing the website, social media outlets, audio and video content and online advertising. After originally attending The Ohio State University, he graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a Bachelor of fine arts focused on electronic media. Bryan loves to share his passion for technology by assisting older adults with their computer and mobile devices. He has taught several classes within ERS communities as well as at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute run by the University of Cincinnati. He also participates on the Technology Team at ERS to help provide direction. Bryan and his wife Krista currently reside in Lebanon, Ohio with their 5 children.

Topics: for adult children, senior living, aging at home, aging in place, family, safety

Subscribe to Blog Updates

Most Popular

Recent Posts

Posts by Topic

see all