Here are resources we hope seniors in Bledsoe, Cumberland, Putnam, Rhea and White Counties in Tennessee will find useful.
Some questions to ask when considering which retirement community or nursing home to select.
Senior retreat day center with structured, engaging activities, socialization & support, general supervision, assistance with daily living tasks, hot lunches & snacks, elopement prevention.
It is important that caregivers take time for themselves to become educated, get emotional support and meet others who are in similar situations.
Each Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD) functions as the district's focal point and advocate for older adults and adults with disabilities in the district. Programs and services are designed to enhance the quality of life for individuals and connect them with helpful resources.
Licensed residential settings that offer a variety of support services such as meals, housekeeping, activities, transportation, and assistance with bathing, dressing, and medication. General more expensive than skilled nursing facilities but more expensive than independent living facilities. Some facilities offer all three, enabling the senior to transition easily to more intensive care when needed.
Sometimes the best place to start is a consultation with a professional care manager. Care managers provide expert advice and assistance to aging individuals and their families. Services include education, advocacy, counseling, advocacy, assessment, care management, consultation, crisis intervention, advice regarding entitlements, guardianship and conservatorship services, guidance for adults with disabilities, home care, information/referral, insurance, and last but certainly not least, placement.
Prepaid funerals, funeral trusts, funeral expenses insurance.
A wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF). Examples of skilled home health services include wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound,patient and caregiver education, intravenous or nutrition therapy, injections, and monitoring serious illness and unstable health status.
Hospice and palliative care are both meant to bring comfort and relief, but they are slightly different. Palliative care aims to ease pain and help with other problems for illnesses that are serious but yet considered life-threatening. Examples include cancer, kidney disease, and AIDS. Palliative care can help things like nausea, nerve pain, and shortness of breath.
Hospice care is for people who are terminally ill, usually with fewer than six months to live. It's about easing pain and helping families prepare for the end of life. Care is often provided at home, but it can also be provided in a nursing home or hospital. This kind of care can involve not only doctors and nurses, but family members, clergy, counselors, or social workers who can address the grief of dying and emotions (such as anger, sadness, or regret) that often come with it.
Residential settings for senior adults that may or may not provide supportive services. General less expensive than assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities for this reason.
Personal care, meal prep, medication assistance, light housekeeping, running errands, grocery shopping, more
Physical, speech and occupational therapies.
Patients generally rely on assistance for most or all daily living activities (such as bathing, dressing, and toileting). Nursing homes provide 24-hour licensed skilled nursing care for more acute patients. Nursing homes may provide care by nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists, or occupational therapists.
Long Term Care Insurance can be a good option to pay for this type of care, provided you qualify. Unfortunately, age and health issues may prevent you from qualifying, or drive up the cost substantially.
Alzheimer's Association, Adult Protective Services
How to get around town when you no longer feel safe driving yourself.