Finding answers is easier when families know the questions.
Brett Billings, CSA, had a compassion for people from an early age. He remembers visiting his great grandfather in a Michigan nursing home. It left a clear and impactful impression. Following graduation from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, Billings held various management roles in local nursing homes and assisted living communities. This led him to launch Senior Care Advisors in 2010.
Billings believes this can be a rewarding time for individuals and their families if they are willing to have the conversation and prepare in advance. He and his team are dedicated to helping families, caregivers and seniors make informed decisions in meeting the long-term care needs of his clients.
The company handles referrals from individuals, doctors and estate planning professionals. It identifies timing, care options and sources of payment for the needed services.
“Aging health services can be a difficult puzzle to assemble, working with a professional can make all the difference,” says Billings. “We are here to help.” Billing lists his fundamentals for care:
4 FUNDAMENTALS OF ELDERCARE PLANNING
Prepare for Tomorrow.
Individuals face tasks or challenges that fill the day. Although we may feel that getting through today is enough, we have to think about tomorrow. As individuals we plan ahead for all kinds of events in or lives: going to college, getting married, having children, working, investing, retiring and the list continues. However, planning ahead for or setting goals with regard to our healthcare needs are things we often have chosen to ignore. Many families wait until an emergency occurs and it then no longer is a decision…it’s requirement.
To anticipate life’s realities- from family dynamics to financial situations to admitting there is a medical problem- it is absolutely vital to establish a plan. Remaining open and understanding each person’s role is important for everyone involved. This behavior helps provide a pathway to approach each situation.
Create a Plan.
In my experience goals, plans and objectives are better achieved by writing them down. When families discuss the needs of an elder member, it is important to document the options, costs, and risks of the strategy. A written strategy provides a sense of relief. Knowing there is a plan in place frees relatives to focus on other important things. Albert Einstein once said, “Paper is used to write down the things that we need to remember. Our brains are used to think.”
Don’t Tackle it Alone.
Nothing hinders the creation of a plan more than not knowing where to start. The eldercare industry has changed over the years and there are many more options available to help us meet our needs. Individuals and families enlist a professional in many situations- an attorney to draft legal documents, a financial advisor to forge a revenue stream from investments and a variety of service providers. Enlisting a compassionate liaison is no different and this type of advisor can save time, money, avert a crisis, relieve a caregiver and help analyze all the options for families to make an informed decision.
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