Exploring long term support options - what’s the best choice for you?
Elders and the family members and friends who support them are often not aware of all the services and supports that are available. Options counseling focuses on exploring these long term support options to help elders and their families make the best choices for themselves.
Long term support options may include figuring out how to remain in the elder’s or a family member’s home, learning about community options for support, or exploring placement options.
Every individual and family is unique. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to meeting their needs.
Successful options counseling requires the ability to listen deeply to the needs and wishes of each elder and the family supporting him or her. Together with the elder and his/her family they explore and evaluate the various long term options available.
Options counselors receive training to help them think ‘outside the box’ so they can support elders and their families in making the choices that are right for them.
The next step in the process is to help make those choices a reality by connecting the elders and families to the necessary services. Options counselors are skilled at doing just that!
To connect with an options counselor, contact the Senior Helpline at 1-800-642-5119 or firstname.lastname@example.org