Here are programs offering services and support to caregiving families.
- Home Health Care (medical assistance at home)
- Elder Law Attorneys
- Financial Planners
- Geriatric Care Managers
Home Health Care (medical assistance at home)
Home health care is a program that allows patients who cannot leave home easily to receive periodic visits from a nurse or other medical specialist. Often this is when someone is recovering from a surgery. But it can also involve management of an illness that needs periodic medical attention. The care might include a nurse overseeing the healing of a wound. Or it could be a physical therapist coming out to help with exercises after a hip replacement. This type of care is called "Home Health Care" because it is medical in nature. It differs from in-home care, which involves non-medical help. Because home health involves medical specialists, it may be paid for, in part or in whole, by Medicare.
972-262-9501, or toll-free 855-737-8663
Elder Law Attorneys
"Elder law" is a special branch of the law that has to do with issues of special concern for older adults. People consult an elder law attorney when they are setting up a living trust. Or when they are creating a will. Elder law attorneys can also help in situations where families are worried that an older relative may no longer be safe living alone at home. Or if they have concerns about a loved one's ability to handle finances wisely. Elder law attorneys can also advise you about financial options and Medicare coverage for long-term care.
817-545-3425, or toll-free 800-569-2663. Se habla espanol.
Especially as retirement looms and income earning years draw to a close, it's important to have a nest egg. Financial planners can help you manage your loved ones assets. They can also help you determine your own retirement needs and set savings goals while investing your money in a manner that matches your personal style. (Some people are said to have a high risk-tolerance. This means they tend to be more willing to take chances with their money on the possibility that they can earn more interest. Others have low risk-tolerance, meaning they would prefer security and a more predictable rate of growth.) Whatever your investment style, a financial planner can work within your comfort level to help you achieve your monetary goals.
550 Bailey Ave. Suite 150, Fort Worth, TX, 76107
Geriatric Care Managers
These professionals understand the process of aging. Plus they know the many physical, emotional and financial pressures that families come under when caring for an older relative. It's difficult to be objective when a loved one is having problems. Adult siblings frequently disagree about the severity of the issues. And they often have different ideas about the best way to handle the situation. A geriatric care manager provides perspective. He or she can do an assessment and give you and your family a sense of any threats to independence. The geriatric care manager can then recommend home modifications. Or, he or she can direct you to community services, or alternate living arrangements. The goal is to suggest workable options that will support your relative's current and future needs. Because this type of help is non-medical, it is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
214-789-6402. Caring with Grace, LLC
A hospital is a godsend when you need advanced medical treatment. We are fortunate to have several in the DFW metroplex. Here are a few to consider:
3301 Matlock Road; Arlington, TX 76015
214-947-8181, or toll-free 800-725-9664
1441 N. Beckley Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75203
5201 Harry Hines Boulevard Dallas, TX 75235
800 West Randol Mill Road Arlington, TX 76012
Please Note: Keystone Healthcare does not specifically endorse the activities of these organizations, but offers their information as a sample of the kinds of materials and services that are available.