Immediate Elder Crisis Resolution
You’re stressed out and struggling, trying to juggle working full time, raising children, and caring for your elderly parents. A crisis in the midst of this chaos can upend your family’s entire lives. It’s hard to cope, let alone figure out what to do next. We can help.
Silver Sherpa Assists Elders and Their Families in Times of Crisis with:
- Immediate access to a Client Director
- 3 to 4 month periods of dedicated service to resolve your crisis
- Options for you to choose from and a breakdown of cost implications
- Referrals to members of our trusted professional network, if desired
- Follow-up and coordination with any professionals or healthcare providers
- Regular and ongoing communication with your family
- Bundled pricing (you get one bill, one price)
Health services for the elderly in Canada are in siloes, which means when an elderly person goes into a healthcare crisis, care is uncoordinated from a big picture perspective. Unfortunately, all too often this results in haphazard discharge situations and unnecessary stress for patients and their families.
Elders who cannot return to their own homes after a healthcare crisis may end up in limbo in a hospital bed or have no alternative but to move in with their children (who are struggling to balance responsibilities to their parents, their children, and their jobs). The elder and their family must now begin the long process of determining the right place for them to live, how they will receive the care they need, and how they will maintain quality of life in their new circumstances.
A domino crisis effect can happen when families don’t realize the extent of their elder’s Alzheimer’s or they are unwilling to recognize the resulting impairments.
For example: Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 5 years ago but it hasn’t caused any serious problems yet. However, what the children aren’t aware of is that Mom has been supporting Dad in his day-to-day activities. It’s winter and Mom slips on the ice and breaks her hip; she is brought to the hospital and can’t leave for weeks while her injury heals. Now, Dad is living alone and one day forgets to turn off the kitchen tap. No one realizes until major flooding occurs, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
Dad cannot stay home alone, so who is taking Dad home to live with them tonight?
My husband was admitted to hospital several times and finally they told me he could not go home because he needed extra care. Our family was overwhelmed with all the different people at the hospital telling us different things – nurses, doctors, CCAC managers, discharge planners, nurse practitioners, etc.
We met with Silver Sherpa on a Friday evening and within a week we had sorted out what our priorities should be and started looking at options for my husband.