Helping Families Transition an Elderly Loved One
It is estimated that 70% of people that are turning 65 will require long term care for an average of 3 years with one of those years being in a nursing facility.¹ Individuals age 85 and older represent the fastest growing segment of population currently and in the future.² In 2012, there was an estimated 5.9 million people in the 85+ population with an expectation of reaching 19.4 million by 2050.² These are just numbers though, as case managers and social workers you know that these numbers have faces associated with them. They are someone’s mother or father, maybe even your own. That makes it personal and gives us a greater sense of responsibility regarding their care and transition.
Our parents carry a special place in our hearts. As they began to age and require more care, we began to realize the importance of not only making sure that our parents are well cared for but that we be close to them for as long as we can. This realization along with recent decline in health or mental status can create quite an emotional dilemma for many family members. As case managers and social workers, I am sure that you have seen more than your share of families struggling with the decisions facing them regarding care and physical proximity of their parents as their life nears the final years. Most families want their loved ones close but also want to make sure that their parent is receiving a high quality of care.
As case managers and social workers, we know that your desire is to be able to offer quality assistance and resources to these families but sometimes the growing quantity of patients and families that you are dealing with on a daily basis makes that hard to do. Over the next few newsletters, we will offer some helpful resources and assistance that you can begin implementing to help ease these families and patients into a new transition in life.
The areas that we will discuss will be:
- Guiding the family in choosing another nursing facility
- Guiding the family in choosing a non-emergency transport service
- Post transfer/transport quality evaluation and assessment
At Med Transport Center, we are committed to excellence in the care of the patients that we transport, compassion for them and their families and professional team work and coordination with the facility, including the case managers and social workers involved in the patient’s care. We realize that case managers and social workers are a valuable partner and resource for us as we embark on transporting a family’s loved one. We believe that in partnering with you as a team that we can provide the patient and their families the best transition possible in the next phase of their journey.
— written by Tammy McClelland
¹”Long-Term Care Trends and Statistics.” PHCA. Pennsylvania Health Care Association, n.d. Web. 26 May 2016.
²”Selected Longterm Care Statistics.” Family Caregiver Alliance. National Center on Caregiving, 31 Jan. 2015. Web. 26 May 2016.