Everything we do is designed to preserve the dignity and quality of life of our clients.
Late Life Navigation
Fostering Positive Outcomes
Navigators are advocates for the client and the family in various settings and visit the client on a regular basis. They and their team are available 24/7 by phone to the patient and family for emergencies. Updates and consultation to family are paramount throughout the journey. Typically, they charge by the hour after an initial consultation fee and are a godsend when the family lives far away.
The time to consider a Navigator is when an aging loved one experiences declining health, questions regarding long term care arise, a discharge from a hospital or facility is imminent, end-of-life planning begins, and if family members can’t agree on caregiving. Difficult interpersonal relationships can muddy the waters at these times. By involving this type of third party professional to ‘steer the ship’ and work through unpleasant family situations families are able to maintain their own life balance. When close family members live far away, they are essential to oversee the daily care of the client.
Additional services sometimes offered include assistance with monthly bill paying, safe proofing a senior’s home, home modification coordination and execution. If a move is necessary a Navigator can assist with all the logistics of a move including arranging for the packing up of all belongings, estate sales and moving services.
When looking for someone to assist in your or a loved one’s care turn to your doctor or health professional for a reference. Canvas your friends and acquaintances for personal recommendations. Once you find a few to consider, ask them for a client you can speak to regarding their experiences before you decide whom to engage. Most importantly, a caring and loving person who can make the needs and preferences of your loved one paramount is key.
Creating a map to guide the late life challenges with love, compassion and honesty.