St. Andrews: How to Focus

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St. Andrews: How to Focus

  1. 1. How To Focus When Life Is Not<br />
  2. 2. Objectives of Presentation<br />Define Terms<br />Identify Key Problem Areas for Caregivers<br />Options in Retirement Living<br />Tools For The Future<br />
  3. 3. What is caregiving?<br />Providing care for another person<br />Part Time or Full Time <br />Temporarily or Permanently<br />Family or Friend<br />
  4. 4. Examples of Care-Receivers<br />Parents<br />Friends<br />Neighbors<br />Children<br />Relatives<br />
  5. 5. The Caregiver Profile<br />Over half of all caregivers are employed full time<br />Almost one in five caregivers provide either “constant care” or 40+ hours per week<br />More than half of employed caregivers modify work schedule<br />One-fifth of caregivers quit their jobs<br />
  6. 6. Key Problems For Caregivers<br />Stress<br />Time Management<br />Legal/Financial<br />Health<br />Support<br />
  7. 7. Stress Management<br />Eat 3 balanced meals per day (don’t forget breakfast!)<br />Exercise at least 4 times a week<br />Give yourself 30 minutes a day<br />Get enough sleep<br />
  8. 8. Now That We Know How...<br />“Yeah, right! Like I could actually find TIME to do those four things on top of everything else!”<br />
  9. 9. Advantages of Time Management<br />Gives you a feeling of control<br />Reduces your stress<br />Enables you to meet your goals<br />
  10. 10. Do’s & Don’t of Time Management<br />Do’s<br />Make Lists<br />Combine Activities<br />Tackle Hard Stuff First<br />Slow Down<br />Don’ts<br /><ul><li>Over-commit
  11. 11. Allow interruptions
  12. 12. Be a perfectionist
  13. 13. Start a second thing without finishing the first</li></li></ul><li>Legal & Financial Issues<br />One of the touchiest, most sensitive issues<br />One of the most important<br />
  14. 14. Ask The Elder...<br />Where are documents located?<br />Do you have a legal will?<br />Who is legally appointed to represent you if you can’t make decisions?<br />Do you have a lawyer/financial advisor?<br />What types of insurance policies do you have?<br />
  15. 15. Dealing with Health Issues<br />Identify all health care professionals & coordinate their care<br />Ask doctors questions<br />Take good notes<br />Evaluate doctors<br />
  16. 16. Types of Support<br />Family Member Support<br />Friend/Neighbor Support<br />Third Party Support<br />Geriatric Care Management<br />Home Care <br />Supportive Tools & Organizations<br />Retirement Communities<br />
  17. 17. Geriatric Care Management<br />Provide professional evaluation, by a thoroughly experienced & trained social worker, of individual and family needs & wants in the comfort of home.<br />Monitoring of services, i.e. long term care<br />
  18. 18. Geriatric Care Management<br />Form thorough knowledge of community resources and the industry, can identify the best services/facilities to meet those needs.<br />Counseling and education for family as well as client<br />
  19. 19. Questions to Ask Home Care<br />Is there a free assessment performed by an RN, an LPN, or a social worker, that is used to develop a “care plan”?<br />Does the agency require thorough background checks on staff and provide insurance as well as bonding?<br />What experience and training do they require their staff to have prior to working with a client?<br />
  20. 20. St. Andrew’s Offers...<br />Medication Reminders<br />Nursing Care<br />Home Repair<br />In-Home Massage Therapy<br />Personal Care Assistance<br />Meal Preparation<br />Housekeeping & Ironing<br />Errand & Escort Service<br />Client & Family Education<br />
  21. 21. Why do people move to retirement communities?<br />Lifestyle choice<br />Planning ahead<br />Safety / security<br />Convenience<br />Unable to maintain home<br />
  22. 22. When choosing a facility, ask...<br />What levels of care do you provide?<br />What does price include?<br />What are staffing ratios?<br />How is room paid for?<br />What extra services are available?<br />Is there a waiting list?<br />
  23. 23. Independent Living<br />Provides some meals, transportation<br />Security<br />Residents are typically 60 and older<br />Leisure opportunities<br />Some have visiting social workers, doctors, or nurses<br />Home Services still available<br />
  24. 24. Assisted Living<br />Provides 3 meals per day<br />Security<br />Help with medication management, personal care, with 24 hour nursing assistance<br />Leisure opportunities<br />Transportation<br />Home Services still available<br />
  25. 25. Skilled Nursing Facility<br />Provides 24 hour skilled care (only 5% need this level of care)<br />3 meals per day<br />if need more than 30 minutes of personal care <br />Medicare pays for rehabilitation<br />Medicaid beds only available here<br />Home Services available<br />
  26. 26. Supportive Tools & Organizations<br />Older Adult Resource Guide<br />Caregiver Quicksource Guide<br />Local Community Organizations<br />
  27. 27. For More Information Contact<br />St. Andrew’s At-Home Services<br />(314) 726-5766<br />St. Andrew’s At-Home Services is a division of St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors, a not-for-profit Episcopal-Presbyterian organization serving older adults and their families since 1961.<br />

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