Feb 05, 2015 - 02:04 PM
An out of town child cannot do this easily from afar.
The best way to help senior parents is to ensure that you truly understand their health and quality of life issues. This is difficult to ascertain over the telephone many times. Hiring a nurse care manager to perform an initial assessment will assist you in not only isolating the problems and issues, but prioritizing them. In senior care, it is important to find the most appropriate and cost effective resources.
Another tip to best assist an out of town child is to ensure that your parents have their health care surrogate and power of attorney (POA), as well as advanced directives in place. If there is ever an emergency, the only child has the ability to act on the parents behalf even if they are long distance.
Feb 16, 2015 - 10:18 PM
1. Complete Prescription list - a detailed list of RXs and exact prescribed instructions. You would be surprised of how many times a RX is modified verbally (oh, it is ok to take half a tablet if that works) as opposed to having all instructions in writing. CA requires a 602a form to be completed for all admissisions to assisted living which will have RX list, RX instructions and a diagnosis.
2. List of Physicians - if you have to move a parent from their state to yours, do you know all their doctors and specialists? What happens once you have to make the decision? How do you change their Medicare plan? If you plan to move your loved one 37 miles from their permanent place of residence, they are in a special election period and do not have to wait until December (open enrollment). They can change their plan immediately.
3. Financial Information - this is not uncommon. Most parents don't disclose financial information. Gathering information on various bank accounts, 401k, annuities, etc can be time consuming. Especially if the loved one is a Surviving Spouse of a Veteran or Veteran or living spouse of a Veteran where benefits are available if the pass the global financial means test. You have to know what they have prior to filing.