Stewarding Families and Solo Seniors through Eldercare Decisions

Facilitating Conversations for Families with Aging Parents,
Providing Emergency Contact Support for Solo Seniors,
& Rebuilding Trust

Do you have an emergency contact?  

Do they know your wishes if you are temporarily incapacitated (like an illness or surgery), permanently incapacitated (dementia) or have passed on?

Register your Emergency Contact with us today!

Our Family Encounter works with you through the many aspects of aging. We’re here to help by committing to be your secondary emergency contact. We do this in three ways:

  • Design Stewards help you create a comprehensive aging plan that reflects your wishes connecting you to trusted advisors and professionals.
  • Implementation Stewards are licensed social workers using their expertise to help you, your emergency contact, and your family through a crisis, such as a hospital stay or long term illness.
  • Escalation Stewards are trained family mediators assisting with difficult conversations between family members during critical life changes, such as needing a higher level of care or housing changes.

We work with you through these states so you and your emergency contact have experienced, professional, and caring stewards to guide and support you.

We will also support you to create your own plan. If you are a DIYer, we want to help you! While you can keep your wishes safe, it helps to have someone work with your family, especially if they are out of town, to provide guidance and support. For an initial fee of $30 and annual fee of $10, we will confidentially and securely hold your contact list for you. We want to follow up annually to review your plan to make changes over time. 

Let us help you navigate through each of the below areas of your aging plan.

We connect families via video-conferencing to manage family dynamics for eldercare mediation.

Hear Our Family Encounter in a live interview on “Living Healthy and Aging Well(AM 950 – May 9, 2020)

Legacy

Capture your personal story. What events or people did you interact with during your life? Also consider how you will pass on your legacy, whether it is financial or in personal property or your passwords and safety box key. Consider organizing this part of your life so you can transition your life with dignity, honor and grace.

End of Life

Everyone needs to have a funeral. Yet it is the one topic no one wants to discuss. Consider two things: how you die is the last lesson you teach your loved ones and it is the last decision you will ever make. Preparing and paying for your funeral so your survivors the best inheritance you can provide.

Socialization

COVID has brought an awareness to isolation for the senior community as many chose to shelter in place. Technology can help with getting support or interacting with others, yet almost half of seniors do not have an email. Most technology solutions require an email. Curtailing depression and self-neglect caused by isolation is a top priority this winter.

Wellness

Many associate healthy aging with wellness. Yet many services are not covered by Medicare: dental, hearing aids, prescriptions, home health services, access to technology like cellphones or computers to connect to others if you are isolated in your homes or at the clinic or hospital. Diet, exercise and the number of disabilities you have determines your quality of life.

Legal

Having a current will or trust , healthcare directive and choosing who can speak on your behalf for financial and health concerns can only be done with the guidance of an attorney. Consider, if you have COVID and there is one ventilator between you and another patient, what are your wishes? Make sure your will is updated to reflect your current circumstances.

Financial

One wealth advisor calls retirement the go-go years, the slo-go years and the no-go years. Know how to fund each of these stages. According to a 2019 study by Northwestern Mutual, 21% of Americans have no savings, 10% have less than $5,000 saved and an additional third have less than $25,000 saved.

Housing

Choosing where to live if you are unable to age in your home. What can you afford? Do you have family or a strong social network? What services are available to you? What happens if you run out of money or experience an emergency? Is your home safe to live in?

Housing

Choosing where to live if you are unable to age in your home. What can you afford? Do you have family or a strong social network? What services are available to you? What happens if you run out of money or experience an emergency? Is your home safe to live in?