Imagine your elderly mom or dad is in the hospital several days after surgery. The doctors and nurses visit several times during the day, offering advice and asking questions about further care. Your loved one answers but can’t recall the details of the conversation once you arrive.
This is how many health-related situations go from bad to worse. Your loved one has difficulty expressing themselves. You don’t have the option of being with them twenty-four hours of the day. You have a family too.
That’s where a senior need advocate can help. They can be there when you can’t. They can do many different things.
A senior need advocate is there to ensure that both the medical staff and the patient understands the problem and the treatment. They can educate both sides to help stay on top of the latest medical advice and ensure both sides make informed decisions. Your loved one often has many doctors, nurses, therapists, and other staff adding to the level of care. A senior need advocate can ensure their messages aren’t mixed, offering countering levels of advice. A senior need advocate will also ensure that your loved one understands the process they will be going through, and relay that information to you as well.
A senior need advocate can be the voice your loved one may not have. When you aren’t there, they can be. To ensure every step of the process is in your loved one’s best intentions. When the medical staff rushes in with high-level advice, only to rush out a few moments later to the next emergency, a senior need advocate stays and ensures you understand the options. With the lines of communication open, all parties are better to understand the process.
As we age, we need higher levels of care. Even a routine procedure might take more action because of the different ailments and medications the patient is on. Seniors who live on their own may not realize how much they’ve changed until a serious life change occurs. A senior need advocate can help assess the situation from an outside perspective, while still keeping you at the center of the final decision. An advocate helps transition from one place to another, ensuring the best interests of your loved one as they move along.
It’s all about efficiency …
As you navigate this new frontier, there are many new things you’ll encounter. Likewise, there will be many decisions you make even when you feel like you don’t have all the information. A senior need advocate has experience in many different levels of caregiving. They can help you navigate the system by recommending other services. Things you would have difficulty finding on your own. Not because you don’t know what they need, but because you might not know where to look.
Being able to utilize many different levels of care can help you and your loved one receive the highest level of care possible at all times. Whether you’re there or not.