Senior Advocacy Services
Quality-of-Life Wellness & Happiness Services
We are proud to be qualified senior advocates and offer assistance to the elderly and those in need in our community. I spent many years in the healthcare sector of my local community. I observed the correlation between healthcare, aging, and the difficulties that arise when loved ones need to be placed in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. I’ve also seen firsthand how difficult it can be to be on one’s own during this time in life.
I have seen firsthand the isolation, neglect, loss, or theft of personal items, lack of hygiene & lack of accountability that the nursing home industry has inflicted on our elderly. Throughout my 13 years of business, I have conducted well over 4,000 transactions in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities, and for homebound individuals. This is where my expertise comes into play.
What is a Senior Advocate?
We provide senior advocacy services to help review and evaluate the needs of your loved ones and provide you with a direct report. This assessment is not associated with the facility and provides you with an evaluation of your loved ones’ personal assessment. We conduct weekly, biweekly, or monthly one-on-one visits to get to know your loved one. We also organize Sunday dinner, and special occasions visits, take a minimum of 10 photos (room, closet, items, arts n crafts, or just one-on-one personal photos), and provide a checklist detailing laundry, hygiene, money, comfort level, socialization reviews, cleanliness (personal & room), as well as any notable ailments, discomforts, or issues that might not be getting through to the family. Interacting with your loved ones takes time and consistency. I strive to provide them with a sense of validation and recognition through simple one-on-one interactions. I believe that feeling heard is crucial to helping them feel comfortable and cared for.
I take pride in my ability to sit, resonate, communicate, and empathically bond with my clients, especially those who are elderly. One of my major areas of study while in nursing school was the elder care & memory loss unit. I consider it a blessing to participate, communicate, and simply to have people feel at ease around me. Conducting these Quality-of-Life Wellness & Happiness Services helps everyone to be on the same page on your loved ones’ care. This is especially important when you are bound to another state and have to rely on overworked staff to provide you with filtered, obscured knowledge about your loved one’s state of mind & bodily presence.
Due to the nature of these requests, we travel to the individual/family in question. Senior advocacy services are provided at assisted living facilities, hospice centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and of course in the comfort of your loved ones’ home. Transaction times may vary based on daily activities, center activities, rehab, sleep schedule, pain tolerance, medication schedule, etc. While taking all these individual circumstances into consideration, our main objective is to provide peace of mind to you and your family member. We understand that anxiety can be a concern for them, so we go with the flow to minimize any additional stress.
If you have questions or would like to discuss this service in more detail, please reach out to us and we can discuss the options with you. We specialize in this field and would be happy to provide more information.
Why is Family Support so Important?
Many seniors experience loneliness on a daily basis. They may feel disconnected from society and their families as life progresses and burdens become harder to bear. Adult children become more invested in their own professional and personal lives and often forget to offer the support their parents need. Aging care providers can offer some support and help, but they cannot replace family members. That is why family support is essential.
According to many seniors and aging care providers, nothing can replace family support. Aging care providers are often better trained and have more knowledge regarding senior health concerns than family. However, they often don’t generate the same level of trust and affection as family members, and that can make all the difference.
Understanding Subtle Cues
Many seniors find it difficult to communicate or move around freely. Their family members, who have known them for years, are usually able to interpret their subtle cues and understand their attempts at conversation.
Helping Senior Care Providers
Family members can provide valuable insight to senior care providers by sharing information about the senior’s preferences, dislikes, likes, and habits. This can help care providers deliver superior service and ensure the seniors are satisfied with their care.
Still a Part of the Family
It is important for seniors to feel like they are still a part of the family. Their family is their anchor in this world, so if they don’t have regular contact with them, they may feel more disconnected and slip into depression.
How Can You Provide Family Support?
Professional and personal commitments can be a big hindrance and distract you from providing enough support to your senior loved one. Here are some ways in which you can support them in small but helpful ways:
Keep in Touch
Call every day and spend a few minutes to keep your seniors updated about what’s happening in your life.
Visit as often as you can. Visiting at least once a week can help your seniors feel like they’re a part of your life.
Bring your children and partner to visit your senior loved one.
As you can see, family support is very important and you don’t need to invest a lot of time or effort to provide it. Even busy professionals can take a few minutes out of their day to pay attention to their parents. You can also arrange visits by excellent elder advocates who can fill the gap and offer your loved senior loved one some companionship.