Local Resources in Greater Denver

Chances are that you are fairly new to the elder care journey. Most of us have little experience in our personal lives until a parent becomes suddenly ill or in need of help. It may start with an unexpected event (a fall or hospitalization). Then, over time, your loved one needs more and more help.

The good news is that there are people who specialize in elder care, from the legal side to the medical and everything in between. They can serve as great local resources to help you get a sense of what to expect and the best way to address whatever issue you are facing. You don’t have to re-invent the wheel!

Below are local services offering support to caregiving families.

Elder Law Attorneys

“Elder law” is a special branch of the law that has to do with issues of special concern for older adults. People consult an elder law attorney when they are setting up a living trust. Or when they are creating a will. Elder law attorneys can also help in situations where families are worried that an older relative may no longer be safe living alone at home. Or if they have concerns about a loved one’s ability to handle finances wisely. Elder law attorneys can also advise you about financial options, tax matters and Medicare coverage for long-term care.

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Local area elder resources

Some great general resources for elders in our Denver community.

Denver Area Council of Governments (DRCOG) — Senior Resources
Denver Regional Council of Government plans and provides comprehensive services to address the needs of the region’s population of older adults and people living with disabilities.

Active Minds
Mission is to expand lives and minds by providing outstanding educational programs.

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Resources for Family and Professional Caregivers

Resources that provide training and assistance to family, friends and professionals providing care.

Family Learning Center
Quality online training for caregivers.
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Home Care (non-medical)

Home care is for individuals who need assistance with personal tasks. These are non-medical in nature, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, or going to the bathroom. Kind and knowledgeable caregivers can provide much needed assistance and companionship so your loved one can stay comfortably and safely at home. Because this type of help is non-medical, it is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

Home Care Resources – 303-639-5455
We understand the needs of caregiving families and are your first choice in home care providers.

Home Care Association of America (HCAoA) A non-profit professional association for Private Duty Home Care Agencies throughout the country. Setting a high standard and providing resources for the industry. We have been a member for many years.

Colorado Home Care Association of America (CoHCAoA) The Colorado Chapter of the HCAoA which plays an important role in maintaining a high standard for its members and providing resources for Private Duty Home Care Agencies throughout the state. We have been a member since its creation.

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Home Health Care (medical)

Home health care is a program that allows patients who cannot leave home easily to receive periodic visits from a nurse or other medical specialist. Often this is when someone is recovering from a surgery. But it can also involve management of an illness that needs periodic medical attention. The care might include a nurse overseeing the healing of a wound. Or it could be a physical therapist coming out to help with exercises after a hip replacement. This type of care is called “Home Health Care” because it is medical in nature. It differs from in-home care, which involves non-medical help. Because home health involves medical specialists, it may be paid for, in part or in whole, by Medicare.

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Care Managers

These professionals understand the process of aging. Plus they know the many physical, emotional and financial pressures that families come under when caring for an older relative. It’s difficult to be objective when a loved one is having problems. Adult siblings frequently disagree about the severity of the issues. And they often have different ideas about the best way to handle the situation. A geriatric care manager provides perspective. He or she can do an assessment and give you and your family a sense of any threats to independence. The geriatric care manager can then recommend home modifications. Or, he or she can direct you to community services, or alternate living arrangements. The goal is to suggest workable options that will support your relative’s current and future needs. Because this type of help is non-medical, it is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

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