- Arranging medical appointments and accompanying elders to appointments
- Guidance solutions for families (for example, reconciling insurance statements or hiring in-home help)
- Regular home visits to ensure the wellbeing of your family member
- Keeping the family informed
- Arranging for services such as home care and alternative therapies in the home—massage,
tai chi, acupuncture
- Coordination with physicians to incorporate medical care as part of the care plan
Solutions at Home Broadens Services in Response to Growing Needs of Elders
Solutions at Home expands to include Geriatric Care Management,
Certified Home Health services and HealthMonitor® telemedicine services
NEW YORK, May 2012 – The day-to-day pressure of balancing a full-time job, supporting one’s family’s needs and budgeting time to keep oneself healthy can often be stressful. What if the role of caregiver is added to that list? Jewish Home has expanded its Solutions at Home to offer a tailored balance of geriatric care assessment, guidance and management, certified home health services and HealthMonitor® telemedicine services to elders needing more assistance yet desire to remain at home.
Patricia Mulvey, Solutions at Home Program Coordinator, describes the program as a “full-service answer that eases the burden for families, caregivers and care managers. When eldercare decision-making is necessary, proficiency to navigate through medical red-tape as well as alleviating emotional stress for family members makes all the difference in the world.”
Geriatric Care Management
Serious concerns about a frail or disabled adult arise when early warning signs are evident. When frequent falls and forgetfulness, such as neglecting to pay bills and leaving appliances on and unattended, become recurring events, a geriatric care manager can help. The professionals employed by Jewish Home’s Solutions at Home meet with the elder and the family (or caregiver) to conduct a personal interview. The resulting assessment provides the basis for care planning. Wellness evaluations, medical history and in-depth psychosocial review, along with home and neighborhood safety issues, are key factors in developing a long-term care plan.
Solutions at Home care managers help families hire providers for home care, financial and legal services, home maintenance, meals, transportation, pet care and other services. They arrange medical appointments and accompany the elder to the office visit. Geriatric care managers are not replacements for family, but rather act as an extra family member who can be relied upon as an advocate, especially when family members do not live nearby. Solutions at Home care managers are professionals who know how to determine needs and link caregivers to appropriate services, which allows for peace of mind.
By planning an effective strategic plan for the future, geriatric care managers help caregivers and family members avoid crises, which can often be costly later on. They arrange varied services to be delivered to the older adult’s home thereby reducing the costly need to move to a retirement home or nursing facility. Because care managers are aware of both the needs of older adults and the available resources, a care manager is efficient in matching the service needs with the appropriate agency, which saves time and money.
Certified Home Health Services
Solutions at Home Certified Home Health Aides provide personal care, assistance and companionship for elders and support families in their role as caregivers. In addition to supervised Aides, this NY State Department of Health-licensed program includes an initial in-home assessment by a Solutions at Home nurse, preparation of a care plan, on-going nurse supervision, assessments and plan adjustments, consultation with the elder’s physicians to coordinate care and a 24/7 contact number for issues, concerns and emergencies.
HealthMonitor® Telemedicine Services
Solutions at Home HealthMonitor® Services are easy to use technologies, installed in the elder’s home, which can help monitor and communicate health and safety conditions and initiate a notification and summons for help if a problem occurs.
HealthMonitor Services can include:
- a personal HealthMonitor® for individuals with chronic medical conditions. The HealthMonitor is used to record basic health indicators, such as blood pressure and weight and automatically communicate those measurements to a Solutions at Home nurse, who identifies any potential problems and reviews the information with the elder and his or her caregiver. The goal is to act as an elder health alert system and identify potential health care issues as early as possible;
- an automated medication dispenser that reminds the senior to take required medications at the right time and at the right dosage. The medication dispenser automatically communicates with a Solutions at Home nurse who will review the medication history for missed doses and other problems that need to be addressed; and
- a personal emergency response system with an emergency button the elder pushes to summon help. Many people recognize this as the “I’ve fallen and can’t get up” device. The Solutions at Home emergency response system contains an automatic falls alert technology that summons help if it senses that the elder has fallen.
What sets Solutions at Home apart from other programs is the fact that the entire Jewish Home system is behind it.
Ms. Mulvey explains, “We work with Jewish Home’s complete system, as well as other social and medical networks. Knowing the ins and outs of what Jewish Home can offer affords our clients well-organized, thorough and rapid responses.”
There are changes in elders’ behavior that serve as an indicator that it is time to consider supportive care. This checklist can serve as a discussion starter.
Nine Common Early Warning Signs that a Senior Needs Assistance
1. Frequent falls
2. Forgetfulness—forgetting to pay bills
3. Leaving appliances on and unattended
4. Dressing inappropriately for the weather
5. Poor personal hygiene
6. Poor eating habits or weight loss
7. Anxiety or depression
8. Deterioration of physical condition
9. Accumulation of mail, laundry or trash in the home
Pat Mulvey, the Director of Jewish Home’s Solutions at Home program, discusses the role of geriatric care management in an interview with Jane Gross, in Gross’s New York Times blog, “The New Old Age: Caring and Coping”.
Solutions at Home is Jewish Home’s geriatric care management service. For more information, please contact Director Patricia L. Mulvey, LMSW, at (212) 273-2564.
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