From our first breath of life we have worked hard to be independent. This site was created because too often Elders, their family and friends don’t know what they need to know about Elder care until a major life transition happens-and then they aren’t sure where to turn, who to ask, and very importantly what to ask.
My Generation Elder Info provides information and guidance on Elder care and services. Although there are many topics presented here, the site is not intended to cover every possibility. It is also not intended as a substitute for medical, legal or financial advice.
Reliable information to help you:
My Generation Elder Info can help you or your loved ones age safely at home.
The website goes over elder fall prevention the leading cause of nursing home placements in America. Unfortunately, Elder abuse happens far too often. Financial abuse and scams involving the elderly are among the most common forms of elder abuse. Learn how to recognize the red flags of abuse and what you can do to prevent it. Is it time for an elder to stop driving? What are the signs and how to take the keys away?
There are several important documents we should all have- a Health Care Power of Attorney, a Power of Attorney for Finances and Advanced Directives. A health-care power of attorney goes into effect when we are not able to make our choices about treatment known. The Financial Power of Attorney which, based on the state law, goes into effect most often immediately upon signing. Something to be aware of when you’re giving someone control and access to your finances is whether or not you can trust them. Advanced Directives allow you to give your doctor and other health care professionals specific directions on care you may or may not want in the event of a medical emergency.
The final piece of aging safely at home may be guardianship. A Guardianship goes in to affect when a court names someone to make decisions for a person who is no longer able to make decisions on their own and they never named anyone as a power of attorney.
There is a wide variety of services available when we need help. In order to make informed life transitions we need to know what types of services are available. Senior centers for the active elder, adult daycare for folks living at home but in need of more supervision during the day and homecare all allow the Elder to stay safely at home. Know what to look for when a life transition requires an Elder to move to an assisted living or nursing home. At the end of our life there are also services such as hospice and palliative care that can assist us and our families so we can die in peace.
Understanding what insurance coverage you have for the care that you need is very important. Medicare does not cover everything. Medicare is a short-term medical coverage insurance for those who are over the age of 65. Medicaid is for those individuals who are, by the states definition, poor and medically needy. Some people also have long-term care insurance. Unfortunately, not everyone qualifies for long-term care insurance and many people cannot afford it. As care needs change, it is better to understand what is covered under your plan before a life transition becomes extremely expensive for you.
An Assisted Living Facility (ALF) is a housing option for people who require more assistance than Home Health Care may provide but less assistance than a Nursing Home provides. ALF’s may provide an entire apartment, a single room or a shared room.
A Nursing Home (NH) is a facility that provides 24 hour 7 day a week medical care and supervision.
There are many things to think about when choosing an assisted living facility or nursing home-is it close to my family and friends, can I afford it, is it a nice place to be? My Generation Elder Info provides a guide for choosing a facility that is right for you as your life transitions into long term care.
Downsize before long-term care is required. How do you share valuables and precious memories with the least amount of heartache? My Generation Elder Info gives you 10 Steps to Downsizing.
Dementia is growing rapidly here in the US and across the world. It’s very important that you understand the signs and symptoms are. There are over 100 different kinds of dementia-knowing which kind an Elder has can make it easier for you to predict what they may need as their life transitions deeper into the disease. It is also very important that to learn how to care for the caregiver. Family members caring for a loved one with dementia are at high risk for exhaustion and caregiver burnout. It’s the leading cause of elder abuse. Learn ways to take care of yourself or you won’t be able to take care of anyone else. Know when it’s time for long term care.
Sometimes the transition from being in control of your life to having absolutely
no control is swift, but other times it is so gradual that you wonder exactly when
it truly began. -Mickey Rooney