In Wisconsin, about half of the assisted living providers are adult family homes, but they offer only about 1 in 7 of all assisted living beds. In many states, these small homes are an option that often slips under the radar.
The truth of the crisis is real; if an aging adult is in need of care, chances are good that the family ends up being burdened with the responsibility of caregiving, whether physically or financially. And the toll is high.
Providing care in a home-like environment, adult foster homes (AFH’s) provide peace of mind and support to families in such a way that families can become family members again and step away from the role as caregiver. The benefit is not only to the new resident of the AFH.
Many families are unable to afford the high cost of senior care, so the burden often falls on unpaid family caregivers, some of whom give up jobs to care for loved ones. Meanwhile, some of those who might be able to afford professional care might have a harder time finding it because Hawai‘i isn’t meeting the demand for long-term care workers such as certified nursing assistants, registered nurses, home health aides, case managers and drivers.
Many nursing-home workers simply don’t look at the elderly as mature adults, but as children who must be policed out of fear of legal or medical repercussion. Most facilities do not train their staff to see residents as sexual beings. Older adults are much more forthcoming than you might think. Keep in mind that the love of children and grandchildren can’t satisfy a person’s needs for love, romance and companionship.There are all kinds of implications with this, of course…
Since 2011, more than 10,000 Americans a day have passed the retirement threshold of 65 years. As those born between 1946 and 1964 turn 65, long-term care is becoming an increasingly urgent issue boomers need to plan for and address.
So many times, either as part of the natural aging process, early onset dementia or just plain not understanding, seniors visiting doctors come away with incomplete comprehension of their treatment plans, or worse yet, not being adequately treated for the primary reason to their health care professional to begin with. This is a great initiative. While not many foster homes are able to tap into this level of resources, we have been able to retain or commission longstanding caregivers who have been with us for many years to do much the same as what this group does.
Out of concern that her clients aren’t being heard by their doctors, Eugene-based Senior Resource Advisors sends them to appointments with nurses who will advocate for them.
Oregon Care Partners announced webinars for February through March 2020. We have frequently advised family on looking to Oregon Care Partners for answers and guidance, as they remain one of the best resources for caregiving in the industry.
Check out the live webinars from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on the following Tuesdays:
- Jan 28 – Dementia Q&A: What are your questions?
- Feb 11 – Effective Communication Strategies
- Feb 25 – Dementia Q&A: What are your questions?
- Mar 10 – Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s
- Mar 24 – Minimizing Medication Risks and Maximizing Quality of Life
Dementia is a general term for a chronic or persistent decline in mental processes including memory loss, impaired reasoning, and personality changes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60-80% of all cases of dementia. It is also the 6 th leading cause of death […]
Do you want to know what an Adult Foster Home (AFH) is and how they are regulated by the State of Oregon?
Adult foster homes are single family residences that offer care in a homelike setting. Adult foster homes in Oregon are inspected and licensed. … In adult foster homes, medical and personal care are provided to you in a manner that encourages maximum independence and enhances the quality of your life.
Caring for seniors is a huge undertaking, and a responsibility not taken lightly. Caregivers, such as those employed in Adult Foster Homes and in-home caregivers working for The State of Oregon (The State) are vetted undergo a criminal background checks. This assists loved ones and homes such as ours in ensuring that those taking care of elderly or vulnerable adults are capable of doing so without causing harm to those for whom they care.
If you suspect abuse, there are mechanisms in place to officially register concerns. In each case, The State is obliged to register the complaint and conduct and official investigation. Here’s more from The State:
Types of elder abuse include: financial exploitation neglect verbal abuse physical abuse & abandonment sexual abuse seclusion and restraint Warning Signs of Elder Abuse Victims of elder abuse may be slow to recognize and report the abuse. Too often, victims suffer in silence. [Read More…]