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What is the Alzheimer’s Association?

Guest Post by Jeffree Itrich, Alzheimer’s Association San Diego / Imperial Valley Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980 by a group of family caregivers and individuals interested in research. Today, the Association reaches millions of people worldwide affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias through our headquarters in Chicago, a public policy office in Washington, D.C., and a presence in communities across the country. We are the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. That sounds like a lot, but what exactly do we do? Take a deep breath, grab a cup of coffee and sit back. Here is a partial list of some of our activities:

We care for the caregivers and those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Locally, we host educational programs throughout the community about topics such as the Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s to the Basics of Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s to Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body. Visit our education page to learn about what programs are coming to your neighborhood. https://alz.org/sandiego/in_my_community_102120.asp

For those in immediate need, our professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900) offers information and advice to more than 300,000 callers each year and provides interpretation services in more than 200 languages.

Wandering is a problem for many patients. Our safety service, MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®, is a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency.

Research, the path to a cure or prevention.

We accelerate research because simply put, there won’t be a treatment or prevention without it. As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research, the Association is committed to hastening the progress of new treatments and preventions.

We do more than encourage patients to participate in clinical studies, we help to connect healthy volunteers, people with the disease and caregivers to current studies through the Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch®, a free, easy-to-use clinical studies matching service.

Most importantly we advance the understanding of Alzheimer’s through our peer-reviewed research grant program that has invested over $385 million in more than 2,500 scientific investigations since 1982. Every summer we host the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference®. It is the world’s largest conference of its kind, bringing researchers together from around the world to report on groundbreaking studies.

Advocacy

We advocate for the needs and rights of people facing Alzheimer’s. The Association is the leading voice encouraging Alzheimer’s disease research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level.

Awareness and Funding

None of our activities would be possible without the generous support of thousands of people who participate in our annual events such as the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer’s® being held this year on September 9 at Crown Point Park on Mission Bay and on September 23 in Escondido’s Kit Carson Park. Visit alz.org/walk to sign up as a walker or start a team.

Join us! Visit our website https://alz.org/sandiego to learn more about our activities, subscribe to our weekly e-news or volunteer to help us help others.


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Frequently Asked Questions about Adult Day Health Care

What is Adult Day Health Care?

Adult Day Health Care provides a structured day of therapeutic activities, in a group setting, developed to enhance mental and physical functioning for individuals who may be experiencing health issues including memory loss. Most people want to continue living at home as long as possible, and we are here to help with that goal.

How is Adult Day Health Care different from a Senior Center?

Traditional Senior Centers are available in the community for older adults who are very independent and do not require any caregiving. Adult Day Health Care is designed to provide care for older adults who require assistance with movement, continence care, and those who have certain medical conditions that require nursing supervision, and/or physical, occupational or speech therapies. Although both Senior Centers and Adult Day Health Care programs offer social opportunities and activities, only Adult Day Health Care programs provide the staff support to assist participants with their caregiving needs during the day.

How do I get a break as a Caregiver?

As much at the Adult Day Health Care program is designed to enhance the quality of life of our participants, we are equally here to support the family caregivers who are often providing 24/7 care for their loved ones. Getting regular breaks as a caregiver is a crucial part of being a successful caregiver and can really make a big difference in preventing caregiver burnout. We are here to provide those regular breaks for family caregivers and we also offer education/support to family caregivers including our Caregiver Support Group, which meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 10am.

I don’t think my loved one would want to go to ‘Day Care’?

The term ‘Day Care’ often makes people think of children rather than adults and that can be a scary thought for those of us who have been very independent our whole lives. Fear of change and fear of the unknown are quite common experiences when a new participant starts in the program. It usually takes about 5-6 days of attendance in the program for a new participant to feel confident and at ease. Our staff is here to help with that adjustment process at each step of the way and on an on-going basis, in order to see each participant really enjoy the program.

What Costs are Involved?

Medi-Cal or Long-Term Care Insurance may fund Adult Day Health Care services. Private pay is also available and is about half the cost of hiring an at-home caregiver through a caregiving agency.

If you would like more information about Poway Adult Day Health Care Center, please call us at: 858-748-5044 or visit our website at: powayadhc.org.

 


 

JFFS logoIndividuals aged 60 years and older represent the fastest growing segment of San Diego County’s population, with the number of residents expected to more than double by 2030. Here in San Diego, there are more than 50,000 older adults for whom access to transportation is a daily concern.

As the loved one of someone who is no longer driving, you recognize the impact transportation has on quality of life.

But did you know?

Compared with those who still drive, older non-drivers make

  • 15% fewer visits to the doctor
  • 59% fewer outings to shopping and restaurants
  • 65% fewer trips to social, family, and religious activities

And

  • 60% of older non-drivers expect to depend on rides from friends and family when they can no longer drive

-Statistics courtesy of the American Public Transportation Association

We know that navigating transportation for an older adult can be challenging. Here, we offer answers to some frequently asked questions:

Q: My neighbor uses JFS’s On the Go. It sounds like they have great transportation options, but there’s just one problem: I’m not Jewish.

A: Jewish Family Service welcomes all San Diegans!

Through its award-winning program, On the Go: Transportation Solutions for Older Adults, Jewish Family Service of San Diego has been providing safe, reliable, and affordable transportation to San Diegans aged 60+, regardless of religious affiliation, since 2004. On the Go operates its transportation service without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

Q: My mom has just been referred to a specialist and will be going to a medical center once per week. I worry about her waiting alone at a bus stop for a fixed route, but she doesn’t qualify for MTS Access. Do I have any other options?

A: Yes! On the Go’s Rides & Smiles® volunteer drivers can provide individual transportation to medical appointments, personal appointments, pharmacies, banks, and other necessary destinations. Rides are provided for a donation and must be reserved at least one week in advance.

Feel good knowing that Rides & Smiles® is the largest volunteer-based transportation service in San Diego County—providing more than 2,300 rides each month. All our friendly volunteer drivers have been screened, trained, insured and are accustomed to working with seniors. Some are even older adults themselves.

Q: I was called into work at the last minute, so my grandmother took Uber to her weekly social group. She said the route seemed odd and it took double the time than when I drive her. I like the flexibility and low-cost of ride sharing services, but I’m just not sure I can trust them.

A: You’re not the first person to express this concern. In fact, a new program called On the Go Navigator was launched earlier this year to ensure older adults can easily access on-demand transportation through companies such as Lyft and Uber while enjoying an added level of security. Our On the Go team schedules the ride with Lyft or Uber, then monitors the ride from start to finish, communicating with the driver when needed. Rides can be scheduled with as little as one-hour notice and up to seven days in advance.

Q: I’m active with a local nonprofit organization that plans educational day-trips for seniors, but I’ve just learned the nonprofit may cancel the program because the cost of busing and insurance are too steep.

A: The good news is that JFS has several shuttle options for your group:

Community Partners Shuttles is a great solution for organizations serving older adults ages 60+ and can provide groups of 10 or more with comfortable and safe transportation to and from their next adventure. On the Go Silver accommodates large groups for customized outings with superior comfort and service.

We hope your nonprofit’s excursion’s keep going strong! Keep in mind, though, that On the Go also offers its own group day-trip program. On the Go Excursions provide organized outings to destinations and events across the region including museums, historic sites, theaters, concerts, winery tours, festivals, and health fairs. Upcoming excursions include Guys & Dolls at the Old Globe, a Tall Ships Spectator Cruise during the Festival of Sail, an annual Polynesian-style luau at JFS’s College Avenue Center, and more.

Ready to get started?

Request a Ride (858) 637-7320

Online: www.jfssd.org/onthego

 


 

 

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One of the most important decisions a senior and their family will make is where that senior will live for their remaining years. Research has shown that the majority of seniors wish to remain in their homes through end of life. And families want to do all they can to make that happen.

Unfortunately, sometimes remaining in the home is not always possible. Perhaps the location of a senior’s home is too far from family. Maybe the senior requires a caregiver to be with them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and that care is unaffordable. Perhaps the home is not safe – too many stairs, doorways, hallways or rooms too difficult to navigate, or too cluttered. Perhaps the home has become too difficult to manage – excessive yard work or too much deferred maintenance.

When this happens it’s difficult for families to know what the next best alternative might be. Will their loved one benefit most from an assisted living community, a board and care home, or do they need specialized dementia care? This is where my service helps.

I’m Lise Marquis, a San Diego County eldercare consultant and assisted living placement specialist. My service is Elder Answers, and it’s my pleasure every day to carry some of the burden for families who are overwhelmed with the prospect of researching and finding the most appropriate care for their loved one. If this describes you, please feel free to email or call me at lise@elder-answers.com or 619-538-9155. My service is provided free to families as I am compensated by the care homes and communities I work with.

And as you begin your search, here are some important things to look for:

Physical Building and Grounds:

How many residents are there? Is the community or home the right size?

Is the building easy to get around? Are hallways wide enough? Are there walking areas?

Care:

Is each resident given an individual plan of care?

What kind of care can the community or home NOT provide? Bedridden, wheelchair bound, use a lift, need injections?

How are medical emergencies handled?

Can a resident stay through end of life? Is hospice care allowed there?

Admission:

What is the process for assessing a resident before he/she moves in?

Is there a fee/deposit for an assessment or for admission?

Care Costs:

Are charges month to month?

Are costs all-inclusive or are there separate fees for care or supplies?

Staff:

What kind of training/experience does the staff have?

Is there a nurse on staff or on site? RN or LVN? How many hours and days?

Does the staff appear knowledgeable? Warm and caring?

What is the caregiver to resident ratio?

Philosophy and Feel:

What is the community’s philosophy of care and how is it carried out?

How does the community “feel” to you? Does it feel like somewhere your loved

one will be able to eventually call home?

Activities:

What are the residents daily schedule?

What kind of activities are there?

Is transportation provided and to where?


 

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The Foundation for Senior Wellbeing is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the health, physical, intellectual and social needs of seniors. We are dedicated to improving and enhancing the lives of the growing population of seniors throughout North San Diego County by fostering the Five Elements of Senior Wellbeing:

  1. A sense of purpose
  2. Supportive relationships
  3. Financial Security
  4. Community pride
  5. Good physical health

The Foundation’s vision is to link seniors, caregivers, families, and those who serve them to resources in North County. This is accomplished through the Information Resource Center. Just like in the movie “Ghostbuster”, when you’re looking for help – “who you gonna call?” You can call the Information Resource Center (Center). Assistance is just a phone call, or step through the door, away.

Tips from The Foundation for Senior Wellbeing:

  1. Researching online or making endless phone calls can be exhausting and frustrating. Don’t let the thought of a possible daunting task keep you from getting answers. Let the specially trained volunteers at the Center do that background search for you.
  1. Once resources have been provided, follow through with those calls. Here’s the chance to find the information you’ve been looking for. Although the Center reviews all the referral resources, the ultimate responsibility rests with you. Whether you have a positive or negative experience, it is very helpful to share that with the Center volunteers.
  1. Sharing that experience is simple as the Center volunteers will follow up on every inquiry and will be asking you about your experience with the resources provided. If more resources are needed, they will continue researching for other available resources. Or if you are satisfied with those you have received, we want to know that as well.

The Information Resource Center provides referrals to available resources in the areas of: housing, home repair, transportation, food/nutrition needs, emergency assistance, medical or mental health issues, legal issues, and more.  The information is available by phone or in person and provided by specially trained staff and volunteers.  Our phone number is: 760-891-8176 and email is: irc@thefoundationforseniorwellbeing.org  The office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  We are located at 131 Richmar Avenue, San Marcos 92069 (the building is located behind Fire Station #1 and shares the parking lot with the San Marcos Senior Activity Center).

If you would like more information on the Foundation itself, please visit our website at www.thefoundationforseniorwellbeing.org or contact Kirk Effinger, Board President, at kirk.w.effinger@gmail.com


 

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Tips for Preventing Falls at Home from 101 Mobility:

Most falls occur at home, but you can take simple steps that will greatly reduce your risk of a fall at home:

  1. Bathroom Safety is Top Priority: A wet, slippery bathroom can be the most dangerous place in the home. Installing grab bars, a handheld shower head, slip resistant flooring, and a low threshold shower are all great low-cost ways to reduce your risk of falling.
  2. Safety on the Stairs: A fall on the stairs can have devastating consequences. Make sure that you’ve got a sturdy handrail, that stairs are kept free of clutter, and if you’re at all unsteady or have trouble climbing stairs, consider a stair lift solution.
  3. Light It Up: The truth is, if you can’t see it, you’re more likely to trip over it. Inexpensive motion-sensing LED night lights can illuminate your path to the bathroom at night. Pathway lighting outdoors helps prevent falls, too.
  4. Clear the Clutter: Wide open spaces are easier to navigate. Keep floors, tabletops, and counters clear, and eliminate excess furniture to create more open space for safe, free movement. Remove or tape down rugs, so they don’t roll up and cause you to trip and fall.

Gary and Kindra French, owners of 101 Mobility of San Diego, and their team are known for providing 101mobilityownersdependable, honest mobility advice and solutions. The team at 101 Mobility of San Diego cares about our neighbors in the community, and we strive to make those we serve truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. We are a licensed general contractor (CA Lic #1009815), offering mobility and accessibility solutions including stair lifts, wheelchair lifts, accessible bathroom modifications, patient lifts, auto lifts, pool and spa lifts, and portable and modular ramps. Our single-minded focus is to meet the needs of our clients and our community by being available, truly caring, serving passionately, exceeding expectations, and walking in integrity.

chairliftchairliftinuseFor more information about 101 Mobility of San Diego and the mobility and accessibility solutions we can provide, call (760) 814-9155 or visit our website at http://sandiego.101mobility.com/.

 

 

 

 


 

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Tips from Rancho Bernardo Senior Services:

Local people-to-people instant information support plays a vital role in today’s world of technology. But finding that kind of information support is not easy anymore. As a local non-profit organization, Rancho Bernardo Senior Services helps to connect people with local resources and information. This can also be a great resource for families who may be helping their loved one from a distance.

Here are three tips to find service providers or information:

  1. Call a community or resource center such as Rancho Bernardo Senior Services to get information or local service providers you may need.
  1. Have a list of questions to ask ahead of time, so when you speak with a service provider you can be sure to get all the needed information. You may want to ask about pricing, included services, service areas, scheduling, and any other possible fees.
  1. Do your own due diligence. Do a search online, or ask a family member to help you read reviews and check licensing if applicable. Ask for references and talk to past clients about their experiences and whether they would use that provider again. If you have a negative experience, be sure to share that with the resource center that gave you the information. If you have a great experience, it is helpful to share that as well for the benefit of others.

Located in the Rancho Bernardo Town Center, Rancho Bernardo Senior Services is a non-profit organization that provides important information services to anyone free of charge such as: legal counseling, financial counseling/planning, veteran benefits, medicare and health insurance counseling, care placement consulting, tax preparation and filing returns, pre-funeral planning, and more. Check the calendar for dates or the website for additional services and programs.

Rancho Bernardo Senior Services also conducts free Reassurance calls Monday thru Friday to check on the well being of folks. They also provide free walkers and wheelchairs for up to two months. Please call (858) 487-2640 or visit at 16769 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite K-14, in Rancho Bernardo. http://ranchobernardoseniorservices.com/for more information.


 

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Hello, my name is Sandi Menderson. I am a Certified Senior Move Manager, owner of Bella Reflections Seniors in Transition. We specialize in the Complete Relocation Service for Seniors.

A Senior Move Manager (SMM) is a professional who specializes in assisting seniors and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation. Therefore, move managers are more than “packers and movers.” The services offered by SMM may vary; however, anyone who chooses to use services from a SMM will receive much more than a move. While packing and unpacking are critical components of our work, the focus is on moving the individual, rather than the boxes.

There are many items to be taken into consideration when assisting with a move – here are just a few:

*An Individual’s Feelings:  There are many unknowns when a senior makes the decision to move to a senior community.  Many times we serve as surrogate family; listening to their fears and concerns.  The ability to help the individual cope with the emotional aspect of moving is a reason why a SMM is more than just a mover.

*State of Mind:  The mere thought of moving can create a high level of anxiety.  We experience this traumatic reaction quite often in our line of work.  We do a lot of listening and assuring the individual that we are there to help them through all aspects of their moving process.

*Health Limitations:  When we assist our customers with their floor plans, we take their health limitations into consideration.  Needing a wheelchair, walker, or hospital bed all play a major part in creating a floor plan.

*Current Environment:  As we age, attention to detail is not always what it was when we were younger.  Some individuals may have a tendency to become a pack rat or the don’t see things as they once did.  Helping them sort through what they actually need requires patience and understanding that we provide.

*Items to be moved:  I often say that after a client has taken me through their home, I can almost tell them what items they will want to take with them.  It doesn’t matter if a piece of furniture is scarred with scratches, it’s the memory of how those scratches happened is what matters.  Saying good-bye to their possessions is like saying goodbye to a part of their life.

*Immediate Family:  Families often want to help, but at times there are issues that prevent them from being there.  As children of elderly parents, it is sometimes very hard to remember that this is about your parents and what they want to take and what will make them happy.

*Familiar New Environment:  Our goal is to make their new home a reflection of their life’s memories and treasures.   Peace of mind to the senior and the family that they will be safe and happy in their new home.

For more information about our services or to schedule a consultation, visit bellareflectionseniors.com or call Sandi at (858) 442-0103.


 

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Like so many key decisions in life, it is often difficult to know when the “right time” to take action occurs – we don’t want to make changes before necessary, yet, we don’t want to wait until it is too late. That may be particularly true when considering a move to a senior community.  Here are some tips to help with that decision:

  1. Think about what’s important to you for a healthy and fulfilling life as you age. Is it having family and friends nearby? Maintaining your independence? Having a home that feels like home? What makes a home feel like home – furnishings, neighbors, a pet, the ability to come and go? Health and safety?
  1. Think about the changes that are occurring in your life and how they are impacting the quality of your life, such as: The things you used to love to do to maintain your own home are now a chore. You are no longer driving, and feel isolated at home. Health issues have caused you to need more support than you can get or afford in your own home. Your world has been shrinking due to friends and loved ones moving away or dying and you are lonely.
  1. If moving to a senior community seems to be an avenue you want to explore, think about what type of senior community could feel like home. Where would you like to live? How important is the apartment versus the overall community? Do you want a large or small setting? Do you want a community that has all levels of care? What are your financial resources for your new home?

In addition to family and friends who can help you think through this important decision, SeniorSource San Diego provides caring and compassionate assessment and referral – at no cost – allowing seniors and their families to make informed decisions to meet the seniors’ needs and preferences. We meet with you to assess the appropriate level of care, take the time to understand what is important to you in a new home – location, ambience, size of community and apartment, amenities, budget, etc. – and then recommend communities that we think will meet your needs. We are happy to set up tours for you and tour with you if that is helpful. We are familiar with San Diego elder care resources and communities and the unique aspects of each.  Referrals are made only to communities and organizations that have been visited personally by SeniorSource San Diego.  Appropriate care options include:

  • In Home Care
  • Independent Living/Retirement Communities
  • Assisted Living
  • Dementia Care Communities
  • Residential Care Homes/Board and Care Homes

For more information, visit us at www.seniorsource-sd.com, or call Sandy at 858.750.2262 or Michelle at 858.354.9008.

 


 

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Tips from your Poway Senior Center:

Enjoy Yourself: We all know that laughter and joy are keys to a healthy and active life. Often times, independent seniors or senior couples find it difficult to find a social circle to experience that laughter and joy. We all also know that what we eat can directly benefit or harm our bodies. Fresh and healthy foods simply help our bodies feel good and energetic, which is also key to a healthy and active life. Lastly, we all know that when we exercise, whether it is our body or our brain, we create positive energy by keeping them both fit and strong. At Poway Senior Center, we strive to provide services and programs focused on socialization, great food, physical exercise, and learning opportunities, all of which help lead to a healthy and active life leading to laughter and joy.

  1. Be with people to share your experiences and the experiences of others. Everyone has life stores to tell. Being with a social circle of friends that we meet with on a regular basis allows us to create bonds and friendship where common bonds are created, allowing us to “let our hair down” and simply be ourselves. Here, common bonds are created over the pool table, or perhaps a game of bridge, Mah Jong, or poker. They can be developed while sharing and creating a community puzzle, knitted designs or working side by side on a lovely quilt. Laughter is heard throughout the building and strong relationships are formed. Nothing brings more pleasure than that…
  2. Keep active and healthy in every way possible. There are so many things that keep our minds and bodies healthy when we get out and be with others. Exercising in a manner that is specifically designed for a senior’s needs is imperative to meet that end. Exercise can come in many forms: walking for your heart, Tai Chi and yoga for balance, control and flexibility, lifting small weights, and yes, dancing! Our minds love to learn, and there is so much to learn about that directly benefits a senior life whether it is nutrition, or senior specific needs such a Medicare or insurance. Keeping our bodies and minds active keeps them healthy, creating quality in our day.

Overview and Benefits of Poway Senior Center:

Poway Senior Center provides programs and activities, almost all of which are free, that directly assist our senior community to lead active and healthy lives. We are located in Poway Community Park and open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. We are a non-profit organization which serves Poway and the surrounding communities. We offer programs in three core areas: Nutrition, Health and Wellness, and Social Activities. The benefits of what we provide are outlined above, but how do we get there?

Nutrition: Come enjoy a meal with us. Our Chef, Jim, makes a delicious fresh and homestyle meal that is served in our La Bella Bistro every day from 11:15 to 12:15. Be with your friends and know that if you are 60 and above, and your finances are limited, you will never be turned away if you cannot make a $4.00 donation. We want you with us to dine and be with friends. If your guests are under 60, they will get the best $6.00 meal in town. If you can’t get there on the bus, are 60 and up, and live in our service area, our wonderful JoAnne will come pick you up on the bus. Home Delivered Meals are also an important part of meeting the nutritional needs of our community.

Health and Wellness: We offer Feeling Fit exercise, there is a walking club that organizes walks, Tai Chi and Yoga, and a very popular Line Dancing experience twice each week. Speakers offering solid information on nutrition and how to meet your practical needs are offered weekly, as well and professional service providers offering hearing tests and blood pressure checks each month.

Social Activities: Each of the programs above offer a social experience, but we also offer games such as Mah Jong, Bridge and Poker. If you feel like an in-depth discussion, we have a discussion group. Busy hands are satisfied through knitting, crafting and needlework and quilt making. Bingo is offered twice each week, and not only do you get to be with friends, a very affordable buy-in may send you home smiling with some extra cash while knowing that all proceeds earned go directly to support the Center. Volunteers help us serve meals, deliver meals, run the gift shop, serve as receptionists and carry on the bingo program. Volunteering here brings incredible satisfaction and joy.

Come join us!

For more information visit http://www.powayseniorcenter.org or call us at (858) 748-6094.


 

 

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Tips from ElderHelp’s HomeShare Program:

  1. Prepare Yourself: There are resources are out there. No matter what kind of situation an older adult may face, there are resources to help set goals and solve the problems the individuals may face in the future. If not prepared, the aging process and the challenges that come with it can seem very intimidating.
  1. Think About Everyone’s Wishes: Think about the wishes of the older adult as well as the family as a whole. What we often see here at ElderHelp are families who are trying to do what they think is best for their aging parents, but it may not necessarily be what the older adults are wishing for. Our goal is to help older adults remain independent while creating a safe network of support, if/when they do need to relocate from their homes.
  1. Know You Are Not Alone: Aging can be a frightening and challenging part of life for both the older adults and their families. It is our job at ElderHelp to guide individuals and families through challenges while promoting independence.

Overview of HomeShare:

ElderHelp’s HomeShare program utilizes existing housing stock by matching those looking to rent out a room in their home (Home Provider) with those who are seeking an affordable housing solution (Home Seeker). Typically, home providers are seniors that are living on a fixed income. In order to remain independent in their homes, they may need additional income, or even services. Through our program we facilitate matches through a rental exchange or service exchange and work with the home provider to determine the best fit for them.  We provide oversight of the home seeker and the home provider throughout the duration of the match, which we hope to make as long-term as possible.

Benefits:

Our HomeShare program can allow older adults, who may otherwise move into an independent or assisted living facility, to remain independent in their homes. Older adults can benefit financially with the rental exchange option especially if they are on fixed incomes. They can also remain independent in their homes with the service exchange option, where they receive help with light housekeeping, transportation, companionship, or other light house services they may need. This independence rekindled by HomeShare allows the families to feel at ease knowing their loved ones are able to live safely in their home. Home Sharing can also create a very strong bond between the Home Provider and the Home Seeker, which is difficult to recreate elsewhere.

For more information visit http://www.elderhelpofsandiego.org/programs-and-services/homeshare/ or call us at (858) 748-9675.

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