While aging, a person’s mind and body do not work the same as when they were younger. Assistance maybe needed. A caregiver will assist with daily tasks, which are essential to keeping a person at home and safe. Plus, the companionship of a caregiver helps to prevent social isolation. In addition, a caregiver can be the eyes and ears for a family. They may notice changes, such as a decline in one’s health, and ensure to address any concerns.
How can a social worker help seniors?
A senior social worker specializes in addressing the various challenges within the aging process by promoting independence, autonomy, and dignity later in life. A social worker may start by assessing a person’s mental and emotional health. Afterward, social workers are a significant resource of services available through the public and private sectors to help a person age in place. Contact your state’s Department of Social Services to find a local social worker to help you.
What does an occupational therapist do for seniors?
Occupational therapists are licensed health professionals who understand the health and disability issues people face and the needed support. An occupational therapist will perform home assessments, then work with the individual and their family on solutions to help them achieve their independence at home. Their expertise addresses current and future needs, function, and safety while a person ages in place. Hiring an occupational therapist may help families avoid unnecessary expenses, such as purchasing unnecessary products since the therapist knows what does and does not work.
When should a geriatric care coordinator get involved?
A geriatric care coordinator will provide an initial assessment to ensure and meet an older adult’s personal and practical needs. In addition, they can manage caregivers, home health aides, or senior living facilities and create a care plan. They can make referrals for various medical or non-medical services as the needs arise while identifying complex or challenging topics to discuss including options for solutions.
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