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Overview Of Our Services
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Caroline Bell's services can be customized to each individual family. Because the last four years Caroline has served as her father's full time sole caregiver. She has developed an arsenal of contacts including gerontologists, elder lawyers, long term care insurance providers and financial planners. You can be assured your parents will be treated well by any professional Preparing For Care works with because they are the same individuals she uses for her own father.  Caroline's past 18 years of executive sales, business development, paralegal work, Nursing Assistant and Gerontology Classroom studies allow her the expertise to do the research and deliver the stellar results you want for your loved ones. She knows how to talk to everyone from legal to medical professionals in their own language. What you will gain from her is her own personal experience of her research of finding the best of the best. Caroline has been where you are today and where you are headed. She knows what happens when an aging plan is not in place.

Here is a beginning description of the types of services we provide.  Not sure where to start?  Please contact us with any questions you have or to begin this process.  We will set up a meeting with your family and Caroline.  Her collaborative and encompassing energy at this meeting will leave you with a better understanding of all the different elements of what is to come - from financial, legal, medical, safety to psychological issues.   A proactive Aging Plan allows you to prepare the best ways for you to address and plan for potential situations.  We're excited about working with you and your family!

Samples Of Our Services

The following are samples of just some of the senior care services we provide:

Starting The Conversation: Caroline will meet with the adult children to discuss their answers to the aging quiz.  This will help to better understand the knowledge of their parents communication plan with all family members which is vital for an effective plan for senior care. We will help you begin to talk to your parents about the difficult topics and facilitate the discussion as need.  Our service will create an Aging Plan for you and assist with the implementation of the plan every step of the way.

Providing Resources: Preparing for Care will provide you with a list of all the documents you need for every step of this process.  We will also build you a support network of physicians, elderly lawyers, support groups and financial planners you will know you can trust.

Aging In Place: Preparing for Care will direct you to a  home modification specialist to ensure safety of the senior within their home environment in regards to design and build modifications. We will deliver reputable home care companies to provide caregiver services both medical and non medical.

Housing Options: Determining the best housing option for your parent takes time and knowledge of the various options that are available: Independent, Assisting, Nursing and Rehabilitation. Caroline's father has lived with her for four years, lived in assisted living, and was in rehab for three months, so she has the experience of dealing with the emotions that are tied to each individual placement. You won't find that level of support from a faceless franchise. 

Touring Assisted Living Facilities:  Once the decision is made that assisted living is the right decision, there are still many, many decisions to make. Having someone in your corner who knows what questions to ask and how to interview assisted living staff could prove invaluable. Caroline can talk to the geriatric care managers on site to help you determine if that facility has exactly what your loved one needs. 

Parent Care Transition ConversationCaroline will bring her knowledge from the past five years from being her father's sole caregiver and will provide the tools to teach you how to confront the hard questions as opposed to shying away from them. The information you gather through these transisition conversations will then be put into a proactive aging plan. She will assist the family members with the pros and cons of options available. The costs and how to pay for services, what to look for, how to know when to act upon the chosen option, and how to deal with family conflict, caregiver stress that  is a sensitive, often difficult but at some point all of us will face. The most important thing you can do for your aging parents, your own family and most important yourself is this:  Step in and be prepared for what might come. You will find yourself taking on a strange new role, at least for the moment; - these conversations force you and your parents to acknowledge that they will decline and need help and that they are indeed mortal.

 

A good plan can mean fewer accidents and a longer, improved quality of life for both you the caregiver and your parents. Virginia Morris, AARP author in How to Care for Aging Parents writes, "Think about your reluctance and the reasons for it. Contemplate your role and the risks of both talking and failing to talk. Remember, as uncomfortable as it might be, talking about the worst case scenarios won't make them come true, and refusing to talk about them won't make them go away. Ignoring the inevitable will only leave you unprepared for a crisis that is sure to come."

Sibling Responsibilities: Caroline has worked with her mother, sister and husband on her own father's plan and she understands the complexities of dealing with siblings and shared responsibilities. Whether they are living in or out of town she will help you implement a communication plan along with shared responsibilities  for all family members.  This is vital for an effective plan of care. Everyone will and can be involved no matter how far away they are from the loved ones. 

Whether you live in Greenville, Anderson, Richland, Lexington or Columbia South Carolina, Preparing For Care has the resources you need for effective elder care. Let our senior care advocates help your family today. 

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