San Luis Obispo Assisted Living Professionals Release ‘The Importance of Getting Ahead of a Crisis’

San Luis Obispo Assisted Living Professionals Release ‘The Importance of Getting Ahead of a Crisis’

-Recognizing when a parent or other senior relative is starting to need more help than usual is one of the first steps for avoiding a health or life threatening crisis. Elder Placement Professionals, a nationwide service based in San Luis Obispo, CA recently released the report, “The Importance of Getting Ahead of a Crisis” to help seniors and family members plan for important lifestyle changes.

Most seniors stay vital and active well through their lives and take advance charge of the changes that accompany aging. Their common sense tells them to move to a home without stairs if they start having balance issues, or that it’s much more fun to enjoy healthy meals that are prepared for them and their friends and not worry about housework anymore. But, some conditions come on gradually, under everyone’s radar and can lead to crisis situations.

The best thing to do is to have a conversation about aging preferences, and end of life preferences. Parents sometimes avoid introducing the topic for fear of upsetting their children. Children avoid discussing the topic because no one wants to face the loss of a parent. Discussing the needs and preferences now avoid problems later. To start, the San Luis Obispo assisted living advisors recommend answering the following questions and seeking any appropriate legal advice to put everyone’s minds at ease:

  • Is there a will or trust?
  • Do the seniors involved have Advanced Health Care Directives (AHCD), also called living wills?
  • Who has the power of attorney to make medical and financial decisions?
  • Is the intention to live at home as long as possible?
  • What are their wishes for senior living?
  • Where do they keep medications? Make a list of medications and dosages.

Knowing lifestyle choices ahead of time helps make decisions for health care and safe living easier. By the time a senior citizen starts showing signs of declining health, an inability to care for himself or herself, or is injured, a crisis is underway. The decisions reached during a crisis may not be the choices your parent prefers.

There are many choices for safe, healthy and active lifestyles. The San Luis Obispo assisted living advisors from Elder Placement Professionals specializes in helping seniors and their families identify the best living choice from:

  • Home Care
  • Nursing Homes
  • Residential Care Homes
  • Retirement Communities
  • Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s Care
  • Assisted living in San Luis Obispo, and nationwide

The experienced advisors do all the leg work, helping find the best resolution and care setting. Support from Elder Placement Professionals includes an assessment of medical, social and financial needs, personalized tours of the new locations, facilitating medical paperwork and guidance through the entire placement process. Elder Placements Professionals are the go to source for assisted living. It’s a free service for all clients.

“With our knowledge of the industry, we can find the best assisted living options available, save you time and frustration, and help you negotiate the costs to fit your budget,” said owner Nicole Pazdan.

Elder Placement Professionals
1119 Palm St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 546-8777

Love Is…

It’s impossible,
said pride.
It’s risky,
said experience.
It’s pointless,
said reason.
Give a try,
whispered
the heart.

Love isn’t what you say.
Love is what you do.

#wisdomfromtheporch

Taking your Journey

When you are setting out
on a journey,
Never seek advice
from those
who have never
left their front
PORCH.

The Power of a Hug

“The Hug”

The hug should be prescribed by doctors

because there is healing power in the embrace that we

still don’t know.

The hug heals resentments, hugs heal misunderstandings, and hugs heal sadness.

When we hug we are more than two, we are family! ( Wisdom from the porch)

 

A hug is a form of endearment, universal in human communities, in which two or more people put their arms around the neck, back, or waist of one another and hold each other closely. Hugs are known to relieve stress, strengthen our immune systems, and deepen our relationships. Remember to hug those around us that are important, always.

 

 

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Fact Friday- October is Breast Cancer awareness month
Fact : My Beautiful stoic, young ( 38 yrs) Girlfriend has metastatic breast cancer.
Fact: Metastatic breast cancer is not curable;But my hero-Kat❤️, is fighting every way possible! (Hyperbolic, nutrition tailored to her needs, sauna , meditation, lots of prayers and so much more!)
Fact: It’s in liver lungs and bones ( and in her skull) ? but this incredible mother of 2, has so much to live for and doesn’t take life for granted .
Fact : About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
Fact: Kat is in her Fourth round of chemo ( try going though this by yourself, during Covid ? her wonderful husband can’t be by her side)
I asked Kat what wisdom would she share with us …
« women need to take their health more seriously, be mindful of what you’re eating and take time for yourself
« Prevention is key
« Listening to your intuition and your body!
« After you get a cancer diagnoses, make drastic changes in your lifestyle
« People can listen to the diagnosis but don’t buy into the prognosis. They told me I would only last 3 months without intervention. They didn’t even know if my body would respond to chemo. But here I Am today

Wisdom from the Porch

A potter can only mold the clay when it lies completely in his hands.

We must leave people better than we found them.

Hug the hurt.

Befriend the lost.

Always forward, never back. Bill Degnan

“What Bill says”

A tall, cowboy hat donned gentleman, accompanied by his
sweet angelic wife walked into my office a couple years
ago to thank my boss and myself for the wonderful job we
did assisting them with finding their new local home; an
assisted living facility that catered to their ever changing
needs. Not only can I call Bill and Anne my friends, but
sweetly hail them family. Uncle Bill is always to the rescue
with kind and empathetic words. If he’s nursing a broken
heart, playing Santa on the phone at Christmas, or
encouraging others to grab Aging by the horns and show
them who’s boss. Uncle Bill is never at a loss for words and
that is one of the best parts of him.
What once was a Wild and Fearless man, now sits a Calm, Patient and Wise man. What has
aging taught Uncle Bill you ask? To honor the seven Gifts of Living.
Share. Give Advice to others. Have perspective. Give Comfort. Correction. Take time to Pray,
and always Forgive.

I’ve started listening to what Bill says..
As I age out of my thirties, and watch my oldest son graduate High School, I realize that
what Bills says really means something. Using these perspectives on life, I see what really
matters in life. Family, Forgiveness and love, the rest just accompanies you to make you
whole. Having denial over the inevitable won’t make it go away. We are all going to “get
old”, we are all going to get grey hair, wrinkles, and aches and pains. Well, us that are lucky
so make the most of it. Enjoy it. Aging isn’t granted to everyone. Between myself and Bill
were here to break through the stigmas of aging and pass along wisdom and ease into
accepting assistance.

Make a Bucket List
Just because your hair turned grey, you can still achieve your goals. The
reality is what you can do, not what you want to do. What you can do, is
decide if this is how you want my life to be, or do you want to leave the
responsibilities to my children? Make a plan. Bill Says,” Your children didn’t
decide what car you were going to drive, or what your career would be; Why
let them decide how you will age?” Did you travel the US and see the sights?
Do it. Did you go to a concert and hear your favorite song? Do it. When you sit
on your porch and look out at your life, decide if you like what is looking back
at you because it’s never too late to change it. Look back on happy memories,
look out at your family, the legacy that you leave behind, look into your
future and know that you were the one that decided where you will be taking
your boots off and hanging your hat up when your time comes…