Guiding End of Life Decisions

Providing Support for Families with Aging Parents and
Emergency Contact Planning for Solo Seniors

How prepared are you for your end of life?  

Have you recently retired and want to create a coordinated plan or realize you need to help providing care for your aging parents? Get a customized report by taking our survey.

Our Family Encounter works with you to coordinate an aging plan with your wishes in mind. Whether you are working within your family to create a plan for an aging parent or you want to have the peace of mind that you have made the necessary decisions for successful and independent aging. We do this in three ways:

  • Design Stewards help you design a comprehensive aging plan to confirm important tasks are completed, finances are considered and you have a trusted team of advisors and professionals who know your wishes. After completing your plan, we ask for your emergency contact, trusted advisor or family knows your wishes.
  • 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 or resolving family disputes.

We work with you through these stages so you have the peace of mind knowing you have experienced, professional, and caring Stewards to guide and support you. Our Family Encounter believes no one should age alone.

We want you to enjoy your retirement and your family as you age. Having an integrated plan, knowing which services are needed and available and finding trusted advisors can be hard to do on your own.  Retirement is about enjoying life and living it to the full!

If you are curious about what types of decisions need to be made, click on each icon to learn more. If you find a topic which you would like to know more about, take the survey to get a customized response.

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?