Hello 911 - Do I need Emergency Care? Help Caregivers Navigate Urgent Care Facilities through Advanced Planning

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David Solie, author of How to Say it To Seniors, said it best;  "Senior adults suffering with multiple complicated diseases and syndromes function everyday with the heaviness equivalent to having a really bad flu."  Imagine how that feels?  The picture makes me think of spending the day in bed trying to sleeping till the flu bug wears off.  Imagine if that day never arrives.  Imagine greeting each morning with aches and pains so disabling that the smallest activities become overwhelming.

Then it happens.  A senior adult then falls in their home or that constant nagging pain turns into a stabbing scary pain.  Where do you turn quick answers and reassurance?  The ambulance service?  The emergency room?  Urgent Care facilities?  The walk in clinic?  Your trusted Doctor’s office?  It depends what time of the day the crisis occurs.  Overwhelming helpless often strikes in the dark of night.

That late night phone call to locate the nearest emergency room sets off a series of events that can be life altering.  According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from their National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, Senior adults over 75 years old are most likely to arrive at the Emergency Department (EDs)  by ambulance.  Emergency Medical Technicians and EDs are exceptional at assessing and setting emergency medical protocols into action.  Chest pains results in an elaborate series of laboratory and imaging studies looking for a major health event.

Senior adults and caregivers unwittingly step onto the emergency care rollercoaster when a crisis appears.  What if we change this movie?  We can write new scripts for our movie when we work together with our primary care physicians and related care facilities.  Our new movies require that we plan ahead for those late night events.  REUNIONCare is your tool to make new movies.  We believe in proactive planning where senior adults identify the most important people in their life creating a “Circle of Care” and engaging them in “what if” planning starting today.  

A senior adult’s late night phone call for reassurance and health care assistance should be an individualized “911” Circle of Care.  Family, #caregivers and friends can be a senior adults ‘first responders’ when the need arises and help determine the appropriate care facility to receive that emergency care.  Join us at REUNIONCare as we change the way we care for each other.  

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