Long Distance Caregiving

Often persons in need of care have no family nearby. In these trying situations, EldercareNY steps in to conduct a care-planning assessment. Acting as the care coordinator, EldercareNY identifies problems and arranges support services, such as screening potential home health aides and monitoring the quality of the care that they provide. Support services can include referrals to appropriate community centers to reduce social isolation.

 

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"My mother is only 76, but she was recently diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and she seems to be declining rapidly. She’s been falling, and I was out with her shopping last week and she fainted in the store. We had to call 911 and she was admitted to the hospital for a few days. There’s three of us kids, but I’m just visiting from Denver, my sister lives in Philadelphia, and my brother is here in New York but he can’t exactly move in with her to take care of her. We don’t know where to start in terms of getting help for her. We don’t want to just call an agency and not know anything about who we’re getting. And she doesn’t have a whole lot of money to pay for this."

A Trusted Professional Who Is There When You Can't

Often persons in need of care have no family nearby. In these trying situations, I step in to conduct a care-planning assessment. Acting as the care coordinator, I identify problems and arrange support services. These can include screening potential home health aides and monitoring the quality of the care they provide. I also can make referrals to new physicians or maintain contact with current ones, and serve as the person that the home care aide calls to respond to the day to day problems that come up that may not require family involvement. I also can coordinate referrals to appropriate community centers to reduce social isolation.

 

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