Holiday Emergencies | Care Management in Crisis and Beyond

Crisis has a terrible habit of never calling ahead, never asking when it would be convenient to drop by. Especially during the holidays, a parent falling or suddenly being discharged from the hospital can make life stand still and speed up all at the same time. Questions like, “who will help my husband while he gets back on his feet?”, “with mom and dad’s rapid decline, how am I going to pay their bills or make care decisions?”, or “are moving my parents into a nursing home or in with me my only options?” With a single event, you may feel thrust into the realm of eldercare having to make quick decisions while not knowing what you don’t know. The good news is when crisis comes calling you’re not alone. As experts in eldercare, Geriatric Care Managers are here to manage the chaos, problem solve with creative solutions, and guide your family through the healthcare maze. As RN’s and MSW’s, Care Managers advocate in the immediate crisis and find sound options for customized care that will provide a high degree of safety and quality of life for your loved one. In the long-term, Care Managers are committed to helping families create a plan of care, address future changes, navigate family dynamics, and get legal and financial matters in order. 

Whether you need just a little care or round-the-clock care, in-home care can be a huge ally during a discharge home from the hospital. As Certified Nursing Assistances, caregivers are able assist with activities of daily living in the home that your loved one suddenly may not be able to do on their own, such as assistance with food preparation, dressing, toileting, bathing, medication reminders, shopping and other errands. This service can really take the pressure off of the adult child or spouse and give the loved one professional attention and compassion in their moment of need.

The weight of responsibility when a loved one is in crisis runs deeps. You want the very best for your family, but may not know what that looks like or where to begin. Remember that even in crisis you have Sound Options! We wish you and your family a peaceful and healthy holiday season! Should crisis come calling, we are here to consult, provided crisis management, and support you every step of the way.

Published on December 14, 2012.