I strongly believe seniors—especially those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias—should never be alone in the emergency room. That’s why I am available around the clock to meet a senior at the hospital to calm and reassure the person; talk with the emergency department staff in their language about medical history, living arrangements and treatment wishes; advocate for the senior; and provide understandable reports and clear guidance to far-away family.
When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple with a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me….
But maybe I ought to practice a little now? So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised when suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
Bessie liked to add new plants to her garden every year. After she died, someone gave me some tulip bulbs to add to the garden. I planted them and it made me happy. I know that they’ll be back next year.
Elder Care Services
Compass can provide some or all of the following services for you and your loved one. We can tailor a plan that makes sense for your family. Start with a phone call to Compass, requesting a no-charge, half-hour consultation.
- Meet with loved one and family members about their concerns, wishes and goals.
- Perform comprehensive evaluations.
- Assess senior’s functioning and identify needs.
- Determine and coordinate necessary house modifications to remain home safely, if applicable.
- Gather and review medical records.
- Consult with doctors and other health care providers.
- Develop personalized, detailed short-term and long-term care plans.
- Set care-need priorities.
- Offer advice about best care options.
- Recommend home care agencies or care communities, if necessary. (Compass does not accept placement, referral or finder’s fees, assuring unbiased guidance.)
- Assist with home care considerations or care community tours and selection.
- Provide education, guidance and support concerning care path.
- Complete home care intake or care community admission paperwork.
- Meet with home care agency for initial visit or arrange logistics for move to care community.
- Move senior to care community, orient care staff and handle any difficulties.
- Support senior throughout adjustment period.
- Facilitate conversation about medical wishes.
- Ensure senior accessing all financial benefits, including filing long-term care insurance claims.
- Confirm legal paperwork complete.
- Suggest and coordinate ways to enhance loved one’s quality of life.
- Provide ongoing evaluation to avert or solve problems.
- Monitor services for professionalism and effectiveness, and address any shortcomings.
- Attend care conferences.
- Accompany at doctor’s appointments and hospital emergency department visits.
- Coordinate transportation, including qualifying senior for discount rides.
- Help with multitude of tasks that affect senior’s daily life.
- Arrange and oversee pet care.
- Review medical invoices for accuracy and verify insurance payments.
- Assess Medicare Part D drug plans during annual enrollment period.
Services Always Provided
- Available in person for existing clients and their families 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including overnights, weekends and holidays.
- Advocate for senior to achieve the highest possible quality of life.
- Communicate with family members at desired frequency.
Medicare does not pay for geriatric care management. Services are private pay only. Some long-term care insurance policies may reimburse clients for care management services.