Archive for Seniors Aging-in-Place

Mom’s Final Days!

I have recently experienced the honor of a lifetime; facilitating the comfort and care of my cherished Mom, my best friend. I was fortunate to have been able to put my life on pause and spend it with her, along with the angels of Hospice, in her home, in Rhode Island, where she passed with dignity and grace. Being away from my home, business, and my life, took a back seat to holding her hand and helping to make her comfortable during her final days and “going home”. I could see the fear dissipate from her beautiful green eyes each time we reminisced or spoke of familiarities that only a mother and daughter do so well. She was frightened of the unknown and the reality of what was to come, but my loving devotion and tenacity were able to offset those fears.

Helping with the comfort and the care hopes to make the unfamiliar territory of death slightly more comfortable for everyone involved. This publication is based on research, such as that supported by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health.

The physical demands of home care for the hospice patient are often strenuous. It is important that the caregiver take time for themselves, as well as to take care of themselves. They will need moments of rest and relief if they are to keep physically and emotionally able to help the patient. My Mother had wonderful private caregivers who I was able to engage so that I could get the well deserved respite.

The matriarch of our family has left behind a brilliant legacy. She was one of the most honest, loyal, non-judgmental and ethical women that I know, and to be able to say that she was my Mom fills me with an abundance of pride. I certainly can’t fill her shoes, not even one, but I can look up to and only hope to emulate her actions.

Thank you Mom for bringing me into this life so that I was able to love you at the end of your’s.

Seniors Aging-in-Place with the Assistance of a Personal Concierge

Most adults would prefer to age in place. In fact, 78 percent of adults between the ages of 50 and 64 report that they would prefer to stay in their current residence as they age.(1) This desire to age in place is an issue that is certainly pertinent to the nation today. That being said, what services are offered to compliment this aging process? For one, Judie Kaplan anticipated this need and launched her business, Judie Kaplan Personal Concierge to Westchesterites. She provides a valuable service to the senior population by assisting them in maintaining their sense of independence while performing tasks that enhance their ADL (activities of daily living). The sky is the limit for service that can be provided to the elderly. The focus should be on helping them maintain their quality of life and doing that their way.

Seniors often pay more for medical care due to confusing insurance practices, including filing and tracking claims. A personal concierge will assist seniors by comparing medical records with medical bills to catch mistakes or erroneous charges. At times, they can also help reverse denied claims. See post on “Westchester Personal Concierge Recovers Hundreds of Dollars”!

Judie assists her clientele with life activities. These include but are not limited to:

  • Arrange for Vehicle Maintenance and/or other Services
  • Arrange Home Services i.e. Cleaning, Maintenance, and Lawn Care
  • Assist with De Cluttering and Home Organization Tasks
  • Assist with Letter Writing and Emails
  • Bill Pay, Bookkeeping and Banking
  • Food Shopping
  • Gift Buying
  • Help Plan for the Holidays
  • Help Plan Travel and Make Arrangements
  • Plan and Arrange Social Activities
  • Run Errands or Make Deliveries

(1) Taken from AARP website “Beyond 50.05: A Report to the Nation on Livable Communities: Creating Environments for Successful Aging”