Thinking about your future?
Considering the issues ahead of time gives you greater control over your long term independence and quality of life.
The B’Lev Shalem Planning Toolkit© can help you create a realistic plan for aging, including:
Your Major Health Decisions:
The onset of a health emergency – such as a heart attack, stroke, major injury, or terminal illness – is not the best time to make key decisions. Preparing an advance directive like a power of attorney, a living will, and other documents that state your end-of-life wishes can save you and your family from unneeded stress in a time of crisis.
It is hard to think about, much less discuss, not being able to take care of yourself. But the time may come, and your loved ones may not be able to give you the level of care that you need. Planning in advance allows you to make decision about potential living arrangement such as home health care, assisted living, hospice care and other available care options, depending on your condition, and to consider how you will pay for them.
The vast majority of adults prefer to stay in their own home until the end of their life (known as “aging in place”). Your home, however, may not support the physical and sensory changes that come with aging, and what seem to be insignificant home features may have a significant effect on an older adult. The B’Lev Shalem Planning Toolkit is designed to take advantage of home modification and helpful technologies that will provide for future health at home.
It may be wise to have a geriatric and neurological assessment done, or perhaps baseline hearing and vision tests, to give you a picture of your overall health, especially if you have already experienced some health problems or declining cognition. The earlier health problems are identified, the more input you will have in your future care.
Your Social Needs:
Studies reveal that loneliness in the later phases of retirement can have adverse health consequences. The Toolkit will help you consider future needs for social support and strategies for staying socially active.