Ask The Expert – Getting medical help when family is out of townBack to Blog Home
Q: My children do not live locally. I have friends, but they are elderly and have health problems of their own. If I get sick and need to go to the doctor, who should I call? I may not even feel up to driving to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription.
A: I started providing case management to aging adults more than 20 years ago because I saw many people in your situation. Even people who have local family may not be able to reach them at all times. Our clients can sign up for our 24 hour emergency contact service, giving them access to an on-call RN or a licensed social worker who will assist in accessing appropriate help. If the client can be safely transported in our company car, we are licensed and insured to transport. We not only transport, but accompany the client, providing information to medical personnel, updating their family, and advocating for their needs. We can also assist with getting prescriptions from the pharmacy, running errands, and lining up any assistance our client may need. Many married couples use our services, recognizing that our staff provides valuable support to the care giving spouse. Our clients and their families have great peace of mind knowing we are there when they need us.
Ask The Expert – November 2017
Sharon Chader, LSW, has been working with older adults for over 46 years. She has experience in caring for chronically mentally ill older adults, was a hospice social worker and previously owned Elder Care Services, Inc.—recently acquired by Freedom Home Care. Sharon has a degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in social work and sociology. She is an advanced professional member of the Aging Life Care Association and is a Certified Care Manager by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Sharon currently serves on the Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Social & Behavioral Sciences Advisory Council, the Mankato ACT on Alzheimers Committee and the Minnesota State University, Mankato Chesley Center on Aging. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys gardening, fishing, camping, helping with church youth and traveling.