Non-Profit Continuing Care at Home Programs

Determining the Best Option for Your Parents

Wondering what scenario would be best for your aging parents’ health and wellbeing? According to a survey by AARP, 87 percent of seniors hope to stay in their own homes as they age. So long as it suits your parents, spending their retirement years in the home they love is likely ideal. However, after spending many years saving up for their retirement, you both probably want to know which option is best suited for them.

What are the factors to consider?

To help you determine if a continuing care at home program is what your parents are looking for, it’s important to consider these factors:

  • Your parent’s care needs
  • Your parent’s wishes
  • Finances
  • Services and support available in your parent’s community

The following list describes the different types of living arrangements that may be appropriate for care for them. The first two options are continuing care solutions, and the last two are more temporary care.

Remaining at home with Sun Health at Home

Most people prefer to remain in their own homes, and sometimes that’s possible—with some help. Sun Health at Home was created with this in mind. Sun Health at Home is a nonprofit “continuing care at home” program offering highly personalized support and coordinated services to help you age in place by remaining in your Home, safely and confidently. Adults age 55 and older who are reasonably healthy and living independently may apply for membership. There is a one-time investment to become a member, plus a monthly fee based on age and plan options. Fees are discounted for two people in the same household. There are no waiting periods to satisfy or a physician order is not required before receiving care. Members work collaboratively with their wellness coordinator to develop and implement an effective care plan. Sun Health at Home membership offers access to a wide-range of services.

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Personal Wellness Coordinator:

If your parent(s) were to join Sun Health at Home, they would receive the support of a wellness coordinator, who will get to know them personally — their likes, dislikes, lifestyle, needs and preferences. The coordinator will work with you to create a plan that helps them stay healthy and independent in their own home.

Health and Wellbeing Services:

Members receive Gold membership to the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing. Gold member privileges include a health-risk assessment, nutrition review, fitness-plan development, exercise classes and more.

In-Home Functional and Safety Assessment:

The wellness coordinator will conduct an annual evaluation to assess their functioning and safety within their home and to recommend for appropriate modifications needed to keep you safe.

Referral Services:

Sun Health at Home can assist your parent(s) in identifying reputable and recommended providers for services such as home maintenance, landscape maintenance, legal assistance, financial planning, and rental of medical equipment.

Coordination of Benefits:

In addition to coordinating medical and non-medical services, their wellness coordinator will help them understand their options and coordinate benefits they already have in place.

Personal Emergency Response System:

An emergency response system is provided to give you and them peace of mind . Using GPS technology, with the simple touch of a button, your parent(s) can speak directly to a response agent for assistance.

Medication Management Services:

We will coordinate services to assist with managing their medications, such as filling pillboxes on a regular basis if needed.

Transportation Coordination:

Transportation is provided to and from medically necessary outpatient procedures. Other transportation needs are not covered, but may be arranged by the wellness coordinator.

Supportive Home Technology:

Their wellness coordinator may recommend supportive technology to help you live independently, such as devices that provide medication reminders or dispense medications.

Nutritional Support/Meals:

Benefits include two meals per day, which may be prepared by a caregiver or delivered to your home, when you are unable to prepare meals due to illness or injury.

Care Services included when needed:

  • Adult Day Health Program
  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Support
  • Skilled Nursing Care

All of the above is included in the Sun Health at Home membership fee. The  program gives you and your family peace of mind, knowing you will have access to high-quality health and non-medical services with a lifetime guarantee of care, all while protecting your hard-earned assets and keeping you in the home you love.

Independent Living Retirement Community

The second option is an independent living retirement community. This option usually offers individual apartments in a multi-unit setting, with group meals, transportation, housekeeping and organized social activities. Residents are free to come and go as they please, yet have the benefits of a larger group setting. Amenities and prices vary from place to place. Some offer access to a nurse or nurse practitioner. As care needs increase, additional services (e.g., help with laundry, bathing) often can be added for a fee. If based on a Life Care model of continuing care, those additional services might be included in the options purchased, providing guaranteed lifetime access to health care no matter the need, all provided within a community you love.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living communities are recommended when a person does not require much medical care but they do need more assistance than can be provided in their home. Assisted living  allows residents to live independently in their own “apartment. Most have a scheduled calendar of events for residents and their families that includes arts and crafts, current events and field trips and have a resident doctor and/or registered nurse on staff

Skilled Nursing

Skilled nursing care facilities are licensed healthcare facilities that are inspected and regulated by a state’s Department of Health Services.

They offer long- and short-term care for individuals who need rehabilitation services or who suffer from serious or persistent health issues, such as Alzheimer’s , Parkinson’s, dementia or , that are too complicated to be tended to at home or at an assisted living home.

Depending on the level of care your parents require now, aging in place with Sun Health at Home can be more economical than moving to a facility. As you evaluate options, it’s important to get input from professionals. There’s no time like the present to begin helping your parents make decisions so they can enjoy retirement to its fullest.

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