Below is a handy check list created by the Alzheimer's Foundation and shared by Young Mee Kim Jun, elder law attorney and social worker (LMSW) who spent more than 20 years working with seniors, including as a director of the social services at a skilled nursing facility and of a medical community based program serving adults with dementia and other chronic illness.
Young is now leading our firm’s Care Advocacy Service. Grimaldi & Yeung LLP developed this new service especially to help our clients and their family and caregivers receive quality long term care.
Please contact us to learn of available care resources and options available. We are ready to help you plan for your needs especially during this very difficult time. Our Care Advocacy team has full time Social Worker, Kim Reed, MSW. Who is also available to help with home care advocacy and discharge planning.
These are useful tips for Caregivers dealing with hospitalization of their loved ones during this emergency. Hospitalizations are stressful enough and must be even more challenging now because the family members may not be able to visit.
We can use these tips to advice our clients who are faced hospitalizing their loved ones with dementia. (whether in Nursing home or in the community):
- Create a “go kit” that includes personal, legal, medical, and daily living documentation and items. Make sure that you provide it to the facility and keep copies of the documentation for yourself.
- Legal documentation should include:
Healthcare agent/proxy (the person designated to make medical decisions on their behalf)
Power of attorney (the person responsible for their financial decisions)
Advance directives (medical wishes, such as a “Do Not Resuscitate”)
Personal ID (you may want to consider attaching ID to your person)
Health insurance cards
- Medication lists: What meds they are currently taking, with dosage
- Physical reminders: Does the person have physical limitations, hearing or eyesight problems? Have food preferences that could be important?
- Communicate with the care staff: Sharing personal details about your loved one’s behaviors and preferences with the care staff can help them ease the transition. For example, let them know that the person is sensitive to water, has difficulty sleeping or gets easily agitated. Ask whether things such as photos, personal care products and favorite items are allowed, as they can make a new space feel more familiar and comfortable.
Please contact our firm for any of your caregiver needs and services - we are here to help. (718) 238-6960