When it’s time to discuss an elderly loved one’s in-home care El Dorado County, as well as the entire Sacramento region, has a priceless resource.
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Carol S. Heape, MSW, CMC, established Elder Options more than 24 years ago because she saw that elderly people and their families needed assistance from credentialed care management professionals when the time came to develop an elder care plan.
“With eight geriatric care managers on staff and more than 50 trained, experienced care providers working within the home care component, Elder Options is unique in the services it offers to the community at large,” according to Heape, Elder Options executive director and CEO. “With two offices (Placerville and South Lake Tahoe) geriatric care managers work from their particular geographic area and are knowledgeable about programs such as Medicare, Medi-Cal, Social Security, VA benefits and other local and regional resources available for older adults.”
Elder Options care managers are members of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Managers (caremanager.org). They and the home care providers follow the motto: “Honoring the wish to stay at home.”
“Families often come to a crossroads based on a health incident, i.e., a broken hip, heart attack. They don’t know what to do, how to proceed,” Heape said. “Being able to sit down with an objective professional and talk about the issues and come to an acceptable solution for all is the purpose of a family meeting. Facilitated by one of Elder Options’ care managers, the family, including the elder (when feasible), is able to talk openly about concerns, finances, wishes and choices knowing that the care manager is there to guide, advise and give the family the information to make a knowledgeable decision.”
If home care is appropriate, Elder Options care providers help the elderly family member with nearly everything around the home — light housework, medication reminders, walking the dog, bathing and more. Elder Options also offers handyman services for small installations, electrical work, repairs and clean up for a flat fee and short-term care.
Elder Options has also expanded its respite care services by partnering with the Alta California Regional Center.
“Knowing that all people need choices, Elder Options is an approved Medi-Cal vendor for waiver projects that help individuals remain more independent and out of skilled nursing facilities,” Heape said. “Additional contracts with the National MS Society, El Dorado County, Sr. Bridge/Humana and long-term care insurance companies add value for families looking for help.”
Elder Options’ offices are located at 82 Main St. in Placerville and 2197 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 4, in South Lake Tahoe. For more information call 530-626-693 or 916-391-8083 (Placerville) or 530-541-1812 (Tahoe), e-mail [email protected] or visit elderoptionsca.com.