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Why "Aging Out Loud" Takes Communities of Care

As owner of Senior Helpers Boston I love the fact that there’s an “Older American Month”, and this year’s theme is “Age Out Loud”. It speaks volumes about our seniors, the control they continue to exercise over their lives, and about the communities that care about them.

Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I am an outspoken supporter of Aging in Place. Wherever that “place” is, and whatever it’s called. Home. Retirement, Independent or Assisted Living. The work of my company is to support seniors in whatever environment they are in, and yes, to help them succeed at Aging Out Loud.

I am certainly glad we are not alone in this ambitious effort.

As I look around, I am awed by the companies, technology, services, products, and people who all want the same thing for our seniors. I’m dazzled by the range of support in our communities today, and by what’s in the pipeline.

A credible provider has a credible, trusted network.  Senior Helpers is proud to be connected to resources that can literally help seniors with everything imaginable. For example, our close connections and contacts help elders de-clutter basements and attics, or auction and sell the “stuff” accumulated over a lifetime. Our “rolodex” is chocked with services, technologies, and people to modify homes for an aging relative, retro-fit a bathroom for a walk-in tub, and add safety railings, mobile stair lifts, and equipment to avoid slips and falls. Our partners in care are experts in elder-law, financial structures, and end-of-life.

If it’s no longer safe or prudent to stay at home, we know firsthand how complex navigating the options are and how significantly the world of independent living, assisted living, and long term skilled care has changed. From the hiring of world class chefs and creation of fine dining experiences, to sophisticated and dynamic programming, these communities now come in all sizes, shapes, flavors and distinctions. They are being redefined all the time by competition and their own residents.

We delight in helping seniors sort through the maze of options in assisted living, and it is a free service we provide at Senior Helpers Boston and South Shore.

Our Senior Centers and Council on Aging's are now hip and happening hubs for elders.

Adult children have always been a vital link to our senior clients. Today, we see them taking a more active involvement financially and with regard to life and care decisions with their aging parents. Now that Mom and Dad are staying put, these adult children demand an “A” Team of resources to keep their loved ones supported, safe, and active, both at home and, in the community. Senior Helpers is on that team and often is its leader.

We are on that team because we see Aging Out Loud as a big part of what it means to Age in Place. It is our passion! Staying engaged is as essential to Aging Out Loud as Cheerios are to a toddler!

This means helping our clients remain active in the wider community, where seniors now have more support than ever to age with grace and gusto. We accompany clients to local Council on Aging’s and Senior Centers, which have become hubs for Aging Out Loud.

Inside many centers, seniors have access to the Senior Learning Network that literally pilots them around the world, while having real time discussions from scholars on myriad topics from underwater environments to military museums. This technology is transporting seniors to Mars and back every day, keeping minds and spirits agile, engaged, and intrepid.

Thanks to the global platform, Better Impact, seniors are also giving back in their communities in record numbers and basic ways. These days we find our Aging Out Loud elders delivering Meals on Wheels, reading to home bound elders, doing office and clerical work in non-profits, raking leaves, and performing scores of other activities in their neighborhoods. Because this is a generation that gives, “as good as it got”, and embodies the meaning of volunteerism.

"Senior Helpers is tethered to these community organizations because to Age Out Loud, Seniors also need Support that Works."

At Senior Helpers we understand the value of connections, resources and customized support.  Support can range from a prized connection to a medical specialist, and short term care at home after hip replacement surgery, to a customized program of coordinated care after a more complex diagnosis, or a personalized search for the right assisted living or memory care community.

Knowing where to turn, and having access to deep and dependable resources can provide enormous comfort to families, especially those living away from loved ones, or not always around should a crisis come up.

Client-Centered Plans are Customized.

At Senior Helpers Boston and South Shore we have witnessed the power of Aging In Place while knowing every senior will Age Out Loud, differently.

  • This is why we have, over time, developed a full and comprehensive suite of more than 50 programs and services that can be accessed at a moment’s notice.
  • This is why we begin working with every senior by focusing on what they can do, respecting what they are unable to do, and customizing a plan of care to support and respond to what they want to do.
  • This is why each plan is nurse case managed and supervised. From companionship and conversation to care plans for complex diagnoses of Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Parkinson’s.
  • This is why we have important, relevant, and deep connections in the senior living community, and in each of the 75 communities we serve. We are respected partners in the healthcare continuum.

The reputations of our “Going Home Safe” program, and caregiving Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Parkinson’s, have made us a leading staff training partner to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing facilities around quality of care to residents.

We have a broad spectrum of customized services and programs, a few of which include:

  • Traditional Care: Customized Plan of Companion and | or Personal care that can include menu of activities including companionship and conversation, shopping and errands, help with housekeeping, transportation, hobbies and appointments, personal hygiene assistance, walking and dressing, medication reminders, family caregiver relief.
  • Going Home Safe: A unique, specialized and comprehensive support program for returning home safely following surgery, hospital or rehab facility stays.
  • Transition Care: Helping families select, transition and successfully acclimate to a new Assisted Living, Memory Care or Skilled Nursing Environment.

Our seniors are living in a great time to “Age Out Loud”. I cheer them on with gusto because I know we will do our part. With care, compassion, responsiveness and grace.

To learn more about the Programs and Services of Senior Helpers Boston and South Shore, visit, www.SeniorHelpers/com/Boston. Or call 617.500.6999

Senior Helpers Boston & South Shore

246 Walnut Street, Suite C Newtonville, MA 02460 617.500.6999
99 Longwater Circle, Suite 204, Norwell, MA 02061 781.421.3123

About Mark Friedman: Mark Friedman is the Owner of Senior Helpers Boston and South Shore. Passionate about seniors and healthcare, the goal of his agency is to set a new standard in home care in Massachusetts. First by delivering an exceptional home care experience in a combination of highly trained and high-touch caregivers. And secondly by becoming a significant connection for elders to resources and services in the 75 communities his company serves.