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5 Caregiver Solutions You Haven’t Considered

For members of the so-called “sandwich generation” — nearly half of adults in their 40s and 50s who provide support for both aging parents and adult children — finding practical caregiver solutions can be challenging. While many options exist to care for aging parents, obstacles can include finances, work, geography and others. In some cases, weary adult children simply don’t know where to look, or, become overwhelmed with the myriad of siloed solutions when they do look.

Before making a decision, review some options you may not have considered.

Continuing-care Retirement Communities

Health, community, independence, fun and continuing to learn new things are five cornerstones of quality of life as individuals age in place.CCRCs provide comprehensive care and an array of amenities to residents — including various dining plans, entertainment, social and intellectual pursuits, fitness facilities and classes, and more. Typically, CCRCs include three to four levels of living: Independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and sometimes separate care for individuals with memory impairment, all so future needs can be cared for in one community.  There are several ways to finance a CCRC. Most CCRCs require an entry fee, many have minimum health requirements for entry, and some require that residents be capable of living independently at entry.

Stand-alone Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing

For various reasons, some seniors wait until they need more advanced care to consider a senior living community. For this audience, a variety of stand-alone assisted living and skilled nursing residential communities exists. Prices vary significantly and the basic services and amenities included differ. More expensive communities often include amenities on par with continuing-care communities.

Full-time home care

Most seniors who choose to stay in their own homes understand that at some point, they likely will need help. Caregiver solutions for this group include full-time care through bonded agencies or through freelance individuals. Advantages of working with agencies include the security of knowing that staff members are fully screened, licensed and trained. Full-time care at home can be one of the costliest options, for caregiver solutions.

Part-time home care

Seniors without the financial resources to afford full-time, professional care — along with those who may not need full-time care — often turn to part-time home care. Care for several hours a day is available through many agencies, but some seniors also turn to individuals, including both trained home care attendants , and those without any training. Care may be supplemented by family members and friends who provide transportation and other needed help.

Today’s innovative caregiver solutions

Seniors who wish to remain in the familiar surroundings of their own homes now have another option: IndependaTV™. The system incorporates a simple to use user-friendly interface known as Angela that lets seniors access a variety of services through the comfort of their TV and remote.

IndependaTV™ monitors health readings  and connects seniors with loved ones and caregivers. Through video chatting, photo and message sharing, and personal engagement while retaining their independence.

Caregiver solutions for a variety of needs

As individuals age, they have different needs. Some wish to live in the company of others and may thrive in senior-living communities, while others prefer to remain in their own homes. Thankfully, today’s seniors enjoy many choices, and thankfully, technology can be of assistance regardless of the choice to stay in the home, or move to a community.

To find more information, insights, technology, and resources for older adults please visit: https://www.facebook.com/SeniorCareCorner

 



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  • Our guests use the video chat and photo and message sharing features of Independa to stay connected with their families. In fact this week we admitted a guest who has a daughter in Georgia and another in Italy. I spoke with the daughter about how to share photos and messages and to make video calls from her Independa device, and later went to see the guest about how it was going. She said to me “Kelly this video chat is so cool! I don’t care how long I have to be in here now because I can see my daughters!” It’s just amazing to see one of our guests be able to connect with a loved one all the way from Italy!

    Kelly Miles, Director of Rec Therapy
  • You don’t need to keep calling me now to remind me, my TV just told me to take my medication!

    93 Year Old Independa User
  • I love that Dad can get digital photos now. He didn’t want a Facebook account so the only time he would see any photos was when we came over to visit and we’d show him on our iPhone. Now he gets them himself on the TV all the time, and when people come to visit him he proudly shows them his photo album on the TV.

    USA Properties
  • I’ve been using video chat and it has opened up my world – my family who live close by still visit once a week, but now I get to see them every day. I also get to see the rest of the family who live interstate and can’t come to visit. I also video chat with old friends who I haven’t seen for years. It has made such a big difference to my life, I don’t feel isolated anymore. I highly recommend this to other people; it really does change your life.

    USA Properties
  • I live in California, my 80 year-old dad lives in Texas and my 21 year-old daughter lives in Colorado. My daughter spends all her time on social media using her smart phone, whereas my dad spends all his time watching TV, he doesn’t understand social media and doesn’t have a smart phone. Independa is great because not only does it bring us closer despite the geographical distance between us, it bridges the gap between the generations because it uses the technology they are most comfortable with.

    USA Properties
  • We use the video chat feature in the resident’s TV to get the entire circle of care together at once; we will have the nurse and the physical therapist in the room with the resident, and we will then video call their family. That way everyone who is involved in their care gets the same message at the same time and can ask questions while we are present so there is no confusion. One time when we were working with a deaf resident, we were able to arrange for her daughter to sign via video chat and translate what we were saying and the questions her mother had; it made such a huge difference.

    Wellbridge at Brighton
  • My dad was on the Honor Flight to DC today. An amazing trip for a veteran. I was able to meet him at the Korean War Memorial. He is a Korean War veteran. I was able to send pictures of the entire experience to my mom at home throughout the day. Mom was thrilled, and when my dad gets home he has all the pictures from his trip on his TV and can even play a slideshow. Amazing!!! Thank you!

    Kendal At Home
  • Video chat on the TV is great! I was using FaceTime on my iPad to see the grandkids and I thought that was the greatest thing, but seeing them all on the big TV is truly incredible, it’s like they are in the room with me. I love it!

    USA Properties
  • When Lillian broke her hip a week before her Grandson’s wedding, she and the family were broken hearted because they thought she would have to miss this very special day. Thankfully, she had chosen Wellbridge of Brighton for her short-term rehab. “I’m going to my Grandson’s wedding” she proudly told the staff as she received the video call through her TV and was instantly ‘seated’ in the front row for the ceremony!

    Wellbridge of Brighton
  • I travel a lot for work. I used to worry myself sick about not being able to be there if Mom needed me. She says the smartphone I got her is too small, too complicated, and hard to see, but she loves using Independa. Now she can see all her shows and we can video chat so I can make sure she’s taking her medicine. It’s such a relief to check in anytime and know she’s OK.

    Laura P.