How to Be an Advocate for Your Aging Loved One

When caring for a loved one, it’s crucial to know what they need and how to get those services, no matter where they live. Advocacy involves figuring out the necessary […]

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How to Be an Advocate for Your Aging Loved One

When caring for a loved one, it’s crucial to know what they need and how to get those services, no matter where they live. Advocacy involves figuring out the necessary services, who provides them, how to pay, and how to ensure they’re done right. At home, assess safety needs, ensure legal documents are in order, find service providers, check in often, and keep reassessing needs. If moving to a residential community, understand your loved one’s health and financial situation, explore local options, and match their needs with the right community. Always ask questions on your visits and stay informed about their care. Living in a community means knowing your loved one’s rights, visiting often, voicing concerns effectively, attending clinical meetings, and staying involved in medical decisions. This way, you’re always advocating effectively for your loved one’s care and well-being. Join us to hear about these important topics to help you advocate for your loved one!

Presenters: Brenda Planes, Geriatric Care Manager (GCM), Geriatric Social Worker and Founder of Elder & Wiser; Gina Gordon, RN, RD, LDN, CSA, Owner of CarePatrol of Winston-Salem, who helps adult children who need assistance finding the right care facility for their loved one; and Crystal Norman, Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging. 

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