Centers: Discharge planners
and care managers.
Most hospitals employ social workers or care managers who arrange
housing, homecare and community services for patients who are leaving
a hospital. It is always best however to contact these care managers
or social workers while your loved one or parent is still in the
hospital. Also, some discharge planners may also offer some guidance
even if your parent is not a current hospital patient. You may also
ask your parentís doctor if he/she is aware of any senior service care
managers or you may even call the hospital directly.
Employers. You may check at your workplace or the workplace of your parent
and see if they have an Employee Assistance Program. Many of these
programs provide referrals, information, and also counseling to people
who are caring for elderly person. Some of these programs even offer
referrals nationwide, which may be very helpful if you live in another
part of the country separate from your parent or loved ones.
The United Way, Lions Club, Jewish Family Services, and other
community groups frequently offer services or directly fund senior
of various types for the elderly and may be a good source for referrals.
Services: Churches and
Pastors and church officials frequently have some knowledge of
programs and senior care services available in their area.
Information from How to
Care for Aging Parents by
Additional Information and
webpage by Paul Susic MA Licensed
Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate