2014 not only marks the beginning of a new year, it signals opportunities for growth, learning from lessons of the past and the creation of new roads to walk, paths to pave, and memories to be had. A New year can be exciting and scary at the same time. If 2013 has taught us anything, it has taught us that our economy is unstable, our government is dysfunctional, and these are difficult times for a majority of people. The biggest reminder is that life is unpredictable. That knowledge and reminder can certainly create a level of anxiety as we embark on the journey of a new year.
Our company had a lot to be thankful for in 2013. We now have two company vehicles transporting our sales and marketing representative and our Registered Nurse all over New Jersey. We have a new Recruiter and Retention Coordinator and despite our unstable economy, we saw growth. We are thankful for much, and are energized to continue and even exceed past successes.
There are many changes happening in the field of healthcare. The affordable Care Act has many confused about the changes and how those changes will affect them. From what I have read, the goal is to improve healthcare systems and create more options for people. But, that is not our area of expertise. We try to stay in our lane and focus on where our strengths lie, which is senior care.
In 2014, we implore you to focus on some important issues that are sometimes forgotten especially during a crisis. Remember, you don’t want to make decisions during a crisis, you want to be prepared for the inevitable. Here is our list of important things we think you should work on this year with mom and dad or any other senior person in your life:
- Have a conversation about healthcare wishes and plans
- Make sure they have a will and have made end of life decisions
- Compile and Organize all financial documents and make them accessible
- Gather all health policies and documents and store in an accessible location
- Meet with a Elder law Attorney and discuss Power Of Attorney(POA)information, discuss Medicaid, Medicare, DNR, Reverse mortgage and all other estate planning options
- Make a list of all medications
- Make a list of all physicians with their contact information
- Create a health history document including allergies, dates of hospitalizations, and surgeries and where.
- Have a list of emergency contact persons with phone numbers
- Discuss in home care versus Long Term Care facility placement
- Have a family meeting and make sure everyone is on the same page on all the information gathered and discuss as a group
Additionally, I would also recommend having a list of adult daycare options and home healthcare services available to choose from at the appropriate time.
Finally, thank you for your continued patronage, it has been a pleasure caring for your loved ones. We look forward to serving you in 2014. We wish you peace, and gladness, and everything good in 2014.
Happy New Year!