Alicia VanBuskirk discusses challenges of caring for elderly parents.
You will learn
• that the person over 65 years old goes on average to the doctor 8 times a year and thus has more opportunities for medical errors.
• concrete and practical suggestions for helping your parents communicate with their physicians.
• how your parents can participate in their doctor appointments to get more information and make informed decisions.
• how to handle the situation when you have to “parent” your parent to keep her or him safe.
• the signs of physical and financial abuse when a caretaker is in charge of an elderly parent.
• what you need to discuss with your parents about their financial arrangements.
• suggestions on how you can protect your parents from abuse.
Alicia VanBuskirk is a registered nurse and legal nurse consultant. She has been the director of a couple of Home Health Agencies and for the last seven years she has been a supervisor at the Department of Human Services in Oklahoma. In that role she covers nurses in several counties in our state that are over the Medicaid Advantage Program, which is geared to ensuring that the elderly in the community have resource bases and the assistance they need to stay in their homes safely. She also works very closely with Adult Protective Services in Oklahoma and investigates allegations of abuse in the home.