Challenges & Services

Aging in Place

Challenge

Aging in place requires an examination of different aspects of life beyond housing: health and wellness, finances, transportation and social relationships.

Service

Create a comprehensive Aging in Place plan, with consideration of your current and future potential needs, and pre-planning for changes.

Health Care

Challenge

Older adults may have difficulty navigating the health care system due to challenges in communicating with their provider, understanding their diagnoses and treatment plan, or deciding on treatment options when overwhelmed with choices.

Service

Provide resources to prepare Advance Directive, Health Care Power of Attorney, Five Wishes and other documents. Serving as a patient advocate:

  • Accompany to appointments to ensure the continuity of information and encourage compliance with instructions.
  • Serve as a bridge in communication between the patient, healthcare providers and designated family/caregivers.
  • Implement a system to keep track of specialists, tests, medications, & treatments received.

Caregiving

Challenge

Because chronic conditions and/or declining functioning can emerge in later life, you need to consider the possibility that you may need some supportive in-home assistance or community-based services.

Service

Explore the spectrum of services available and develop a support plan, along with the potential cost and eligibility factors, before you need them.

Information
Management

Challenge

Older adults are often caught without the essential documents needed in an emergency. It is important to know where the official records are located as well as having copies of these important financial, legal and health documents.

Service

Copy documents onto an encrypted thumb drive and assemble copies into a binder. Educate you on how to use the tool and secure your information.

Life/Work
Transitions

Challenge

Transitions in life or work, i.e. retirement, loss of relationships, relocation etc., can be emotionally challenging.

Service

Using a simple visual goal-setting process to guide you in exploring new roles and interests, which may result in a renewed sense of meaning and purpose.

Social Isolation

Challenge

Social contacts tend to decrease as we age for a variety of reasons. Older adults who are socially isolated are at greater risk of depression, chronic illness, and death.

Service

Identify personal and community supports. Assist in accessing community-based programs and services to keep you engaged and connected.