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Senior Orphans at Risk

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Posted on January 28th, 2016 by Teri Dreher, under Senior Orphans, Tips & Resources

We see a growing problem with a particular group of seniors who fall through the cracks of modern healthcare more than others: senior ‘orphans’.

What is a senior orphan? Quite simply, it is a person over 65 who falls into one of three categories:

  1. No family left
  2. Family who has no regular contact with the isolated senior (think of dysfunctional families or those who live in other parts of the country)
  3. Family who is taking advantage of the senior financially, depleting funds that may be needed for long-term care.

There is, unfortunately, a big problem with elder financial abuse in this country. We regularly encounter sons and daughters who are reticent to approve needed expenses for long-term care of their parents because they are experiencing financial stresses themselves. They are afraid that there will be no inheritance left for them if Mom or Dad gets transferred to an assisted living facility or quality skilled nursing facility.

The reality is that the higher-quality nursing homes rarely admit people when their resources are almost depleted and they are in the process of applying for Medicaid. Our seniors are becoming ‘commodities’ in the world of long-term care. It is a sad state of affairs: the more money one has, the more choices there are.

If I could offer one piece of advice for aging seniors with health challenges today, it would be this: ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!’ Things hardly ever turn out the way you think they will.

Call us today for a free 30-minute consultation to learn more at 312-788-2640.

With over 36 years of clinical experience in Critical Care nursing, home based health care and expertise as a cardiovascular nurse clinician, Teri is well acquainted with the complexities of the modern healthcare system. She has served as a nursing leader, mentor, educator, and consistent patient advocate throughout her career in some of the best hospitals across the country. Her passion to keep the patient at the center of the model of nursing care led her to incorporate NShore Patient Advocates, LLC in 2011, serving clients throughout the northern suburbs of Chicago.

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