Elder Orphans And Solo Seniors: Independent Health Advocates Provide Important Services
If you are 65 or older, live alone and have no spouse, children, or other family members, you could be an elder orphan or a solo senior.
Elder orphans and solo seniors are those adults who have no known family members or designated surrogate available to them.
Many people have diminished capacity and are less able to care for themselves as they age. They may no longer be able to easily walk or drive, and may experience difficulty with basic activities like shopping, cooking, and cleaning. The category of elder orphans and solo seniors is growing, in fact roughly 58% of people 80 and older are in this category.
Many of these elders and solo seniors don’t know where to turn for help with important end of life decisions.
Typically, these decisions are made earlier, together with close family members, relatives, or friends. However, that’s not always the case and elders who have not pre-planned genuinely need help.
If you are a solo senior or elder orphan, you may be asking yourself questions like:
- Who will help me make end-of-life decisions?
- Who will help me make decisions if I get sick?
- Who can help me decide when it’s time to move to assisted-living or skilled nursing care?
- Who can help me organize and review overwhelming medical bills?
These are the kinds of things independent health advocates tend to for their clients such as solo seniors. You can find these services online or perhaps ask friends if they have recommendations.
If you are in good health and of sound mind, you can make many of these planning decisions in advance.
For instance, your bank might be able to help you in setting up accounts for automatic bill pay. Prescriptions can be filled by a mail-order pharmacy. And you can provide a copy of your medical wishes in writing to your doctor. You can also coordinate your burial plot and final arrangements.
In addition, you can call our office at 404-370-0696 and we can create an advance directive that includes a Medical Directive, a living will, healthcare proxy paperwork, do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order, and more. If you have an independent health advocate, we can also work together with you and them to make sure your desires are carried out should you become incapacitated. Give us a call today.