Over the last 16 years, we have seen many families struggle on their path to find the perfect fit for their loved one. So often, an adult child or spouse will recognize that they need additional help, but it is hard to decipher exactly what type of care makes the most sense. In fact, all most people have is questions:
- When driving becomes a struggle, is it time for your spouse to turn in the keys?
- If Mom had a fall, will home health stopping in once a day be enough or should she have 24 hour care?
- Dad’s forgetting to take his medicine and pay the bills, is it time to consider a memory care community?
And, as the volume of baby boomers reaching age 65 increases, more and more families are facing these same dilemmas. In fact, AARP reported that 1 in 5 Americans will be over the age of 65 by 2030 — that’s a lot of people asking these questions and working to find the right support for their loved one.
Help is out there
Many adult children serve as caregivers for their parents in some capacity while also working. PBS has developed a helpful series named Caring for Mom and Dad which shares stories from families all over the country as they navigate the joys and challenges of caregiving.
Of course, in life, circumstances are fluid and each family’s needs and ability to provide support varies. Our goal is to improve the lives of seniors, their families, and each other. We know that the more information families have, the better choices they will be able to make, and this all translates to a higher quality of life for seniors.
That’s why we partnered with the decision-making experts at Roobrik to offer an online assessment for older adults and families. This simple, conversational assessment asks 23 questions covering current situation, concerns, care needs, and what kinds of things are important for the older adult. It takes just 4-5 minutes and provides families with a personalized Care Fit Report which outlines the potential needs of their loved ones as well as the support options which may be appropriate.