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Ask an Expert

Today in "Ask an Expert," we are answering a question that we get a lot: Where can I find resources for my aging parents?

Our expert is Heather Cox, SSW, one of our in-home case managers. She has worked in aging since 2008 and has been with Five County since 2013.

If you have aging parents, you’re probably looking for resources such as:

  • Services that provide care in the home

  • Financial or estate planning and healthcare insurance questions

  • End of life decision making and documents

  • Support for being a caregiver or part of the “sandwich generation” who is taking care of aging parents and young children

  • Help for dealing with a love done who has dementia or Alzheimer’s

  • How to help your parent stay healthy as they age

  • Safety and aging in place at home

  • Available benefits such as Medicaid, Meals on Wheels, veterans' services etc.

  • Managing chronic medical conditions

  • Long term care facility options

  • What to do if you suspect your parents are being abused

It can feel really overwhelming and folks often tell us it’s hard to even know where to start, what questions to ask, or what resources to look for.

If you’re local in the Five County area of southwest Utah, call us! We can do what we call options counseling with you and help you sort out exactly what resources will benefit you and where to find them. We’ve been there and are familiar with what the most common questions are and what’s available in the area.

If you’re not in the local area, you can go to the Eldercare Locator and find your local Area Agency on Aging and contact them.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, pick one thing that seems like your top priority and start with that. And know that you’re not alone. Many others are dealing with the same things all across the country every day.

Here is a list of other helpful places to look for resources:

We also post regularly about resources on our Facebook page and have a private caregiver support group there where you can ask questions and get support.

Heather Cox is a licensed Social Services Worker, Certified Dementia Specialist, Trainer, and RCI REACH Caregiver Coach with a B.S. in Psychology. She's been with AAA-Five County since 2013 and has worked in social services in southwest Utah since 2008.

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