Webster defines “navigator” as a person who helps you get to a place or location. It is a person who helps you find your way.
Customers call Choice Connections, looking for an elder care navigator, a person to help them navigate elder care. They need help with the route to take for an elderly loved one.
Consider this typical scenario.
Your elderly loved one has a fall and breaks their hip. They go to the hospital and have surgery. During this stay, their medications have changed and anesthesia administered. You see how much your loved one changes. They are out of their routine and very confused and you are concerned. Due to sudden changes in space, sleep and eating patterns delirium starts to set in.
Soon after surgery, they are discharging your loved to another facility. You get a list of options. Which one do you want your loved one to go to? They want you to decide quickly. The one you want is full, what is your 2nd choice? Your loved one transfers to a facility where there is an open bed. At that facility, you help your loved one understand why therapy is important. Your loved one is tired and doesn’t want to improve. Your are told your loved one has plateaued. Medicare paid days of therapy will end in two days. At a care conference it is recommended that your elderly loved one not discharge home given their current state of health. What do you do now?
How can an Elder Care Navigator Help You and Your Elderly Loved One?
We educate you on what to expect in your elder loved one’s future journey.
We explain delirium and how you want to try and avoid that for your elderly loved one.
We help you be proactive in knowing what to look for in a rehabilitation facility, so you have your top choices in mind.
We are there to answer questions and work with the discharge planner at the hospital, especially, if a facility for therapy is not an option?
We are with you on the journey as your navigator to listen, explain, educate and provide a sympathetic ear so your elderly loved one has the best route to their future.
We are experts in helping you find the location that would make the best choice for your elderly loved one if they are not able to return home.