A senior’s health crisis can occur at any time. Since most families are not prepared for a broken hip, stroke or diagnosis of dementia, they are not able to define their problems in a manner that enables them to get helpful responses from the system. They therefore frequently call upon Karen Henderson for her experience and counsel.
Whether a client lives at a distance from older family members or is a part of the growing "sandwich generation" who is balancing work as well as caring for aging relatives, Karen recommends seeking expert assistance for helping with assessment and planning for care needs before a crisis occurs.
When a client decides to use Karen’s expertise because of an emergency or a chronic eldercare situation, here is the process they will follow.
Step 1. Karen will meet with the client in person or via the telephone to complete a care assessment questionnaire.
Step 2. Karen will then review the assessment and create:
- A list of observations that need to be acted upon with Karen’s guidance
- A detailed set of recommendations for ongoing care
- A detailed list of resources
- Referrals where necessary to other health care professionals
Step 3. A final meeting to review the assessment and recommendations
Things Karen may discuss include:
- Understanding and utilizing government-paid home and facility care
- Consultation with a geriatrician
- Employing the services of a geriatric care manager
- The role of the family meeting
- Role of assistive devices
- Risk of falls
- Coping with a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia
- Initial 2-hour meeting
- Follow up meeting
- Report and resources
- A copy of the Critical Illness/Long term Care Planner for information management
For more information or to set up a meeting contact Karen Henderson: