What does your senior care look like?
By Aysha Cooper
Do you know how you would want your care to look like/feel like if you needed it? We plan to hear from some individuals in our community on this matter during focus group sessions scheduled in April and May called CareConnect.
As we began preparation for CareConnect, we met with a group of case managers to get their feedback on our questioning. One question to them was how do they determine services to recommend to a senior that is requiring some assistance during the day, why or why not? To my surprise, adult day health is thought of as a service that is too expensive. Being part of the industry, I felt compelled to take this opportunity to educate the community on costs associated with senior care options.
• Do I want to age at home or live in a care facility?
• What care services do I need?
• If at home, what care services are available?
• What funding options do I have in place to help cover the cost? Ie, Long Term Care Insurance, VA benefits or Aid & Attendance.
• Do I have someone that can assist in the planning of my care?
These are just a few questions to ask yourself as the need of care arises. We will be looking at these questions and many more during our community focus group, CareConnect. Our first session will be held Thursday, April 20th. If you would like to participate in our upcoming focus group, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aysha Cooper is the owner of SarahCare of Snellville. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health and an MBA from UGA. She stays connected to her community as an Alumni of GNLI and currently serves on the board of Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services. Aysha Cooper can be reached at 770-685-6971 or email@example.com.
(Published April 2017)