Are You Ready?

ValDeskFlat-1_edited-2It’s time for Senior Living Week 2014 and this year there is more information and resources to offer our community than ever before! Thanks largely to the due diligence of the Housing Bureau for Seniors, this year’s offerings are a reflection of community feedback through the years about what our residents and families need. Care Response Home Care began participating in 2006 and can speak to the progressive event changes keeping pace with community needs. We are honored to be this year’s Event Sponsor, knowing there is something for everyone and admission is free!

Aging in Ann Arbor continues to make headlines. From the 2008 AARP ranking of the healthiest U.S. City for retirement, to the 2012 report released by the Milken Institute citing Ann Arbor among a number of cities for the community support of their aging population. Encouraging factors include public transportation, strong health care systems, wellness, and living arrangements. Also mentioned were financial well-being, employment, community engagement, multiple universities, education, and overall learning environment. It would appear the country is catching up with what we have always known!

Planning for retirement can be overwhelming, so gathering information from multiple sources is a great place to start. There are several considerations including financial, lifestyle preferences, and ultimately the health and well-being of you or your loved one. Using this ‘three legged stool’ approach, you begin to paint a unique picture for planning.

My experience helping clients and families determine their unique picture usually begins with lifestyle preferences which makes sense as we know where and how we want to live. Having a financial and healthcare overview is often not as clear but there are professionals who can help you navigate these sometimes complex pathways. As a certified Geriatric Care Manager, I have a duty and an obligation to those I serve to stay current with the new retirement frontier. The good news is we have many options here in Ann Arbor; the perhaps less than good news is there is an overwhelming amount of particulars to sift through to arrive at an informed decision!

Elder law attorneys, estate planning specialists, assisted living facilities, respite care, home medical equipment companies, organization and downsizing experts, and geriatric nursing services are a few of the resources available during Senior Living Week. If your preference is socializing and an array of activity choices, you may want to learn more about retirement communities and downsizing. If your preference is to safely age in place in your home, you may want to learn more about private duty care, home healthcare services, and home modification services available in Washtenaw County. If you are just beginning your quest and have limited time, you may want to attend the Expo and gather all pertinent information available. The Expo, Health Screenings, Workshops, and Open Houses really do offer something for everyone. There is a lot to see and do so take advantage of this annual opportunity. Planning for retirement and long term care can be challenging but you don’t have to navigate it alone.

Care Response Home Care has provided individualized private duty services and dementia care in and around Ann Arbor for more than 10 years. Owned and managed by Registered Nurses, we are proud to now offer certified Geriatric Care Management services. Our experienced nurses foster informed decision making by identifying risks and helping clients make smart home health care choices. We strive to respectfully and compassionately meet the needs of our clients and their families, by listening, planning, educating and delivering the highest standard of individualized care. Our goal is to offer dependable client-centered home care services, one client and one family at a time. We want to thank the Housing Bureau for Seniors once again for the opportunity to serve our community and look forward to this promising event. We look forward to seeing you there!

–Valerie Dockter

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