April 16, 2012, was the 5th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day. Setting a day to focus on this subject is meant to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. Being in the healthcare world, I often see people plan for the “big” crises that get addressed in documents like living wills and healthcare surrogate provisions. These are vitally important and everyone, no matter what age, should have them. However, caregivers to the seriously ill, aging, or those with some form of dementia often don’t think through the “what ifs” that can cause an unexpected crisis.
- What if you are the sole caregiver to your spouse with dementia and you have to have sudden surgery or become ill enough to go to the hospital? Who will take care of your loved one?
- What if you are in an accident and the person in the car with you has dementia? Would that person be able to take care of themselves while you’re transported to the hospital and out of commission?
- What if your mother has been doing okay living at home alone but has an accident and you’re told she can no longer live alone? Do you know the best assisted living or skilled nursing facility to move her to, how to pay for it, and what resources might be available to her to provide the services?
- What if your sibling, that you’re now responsible for, really could stay at home with some assistance in bathing, housekeeping, and transportation to doctors’ appointments? Do you know the most reliable homecare providers in the area, and do you know the difference between the providers’ business models of homecare and how that might affect you and your loved one?
It’s not enough just to have the legal documents – people need to talk to family members and providers to get educated about their choices to minimize conflict and promote comfort when the “what ifs” actually happen. To learn more visit www. nhdd.org for legal document advice and www.rightathome.net/tampa/ to learn how we can help you plan for the “what ifs” in your life.
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Mimi Buderus is the Owner/CEO of an award-winning home health and assistance company, and has over 30 years experience in home care, both personal and professional. Her company, Right at Home of Tampa, provides non-medical, in-home care and assistance for seniors and other clients including support for rehabilitation, post-hospitalization, post-surgery, plastic surgery recovery and sudden, chronic and acute illnesses. Support can be short-term or for longer periods as needed, from an hour a day to 24/7. A specialty area of expertise, to which Mimi is dedicated, is in providing care for clients with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.
Mimi opened the Right at Home business in 2004. She chose this business as her ministry to the community. After 24 years as primary caregiver to both parents, she felt like she was abundantly qualified! Mimi’s qualifications and experience in the field also include being a Certified Senior Advisor, Board member of the National Private Duty Association-Florida Chapter, speaker for the American Heart Association, facilitator of an Alzheimer Support Group, speaker for the Senior Resource Council, and an Associate Member of the Professional Geriatric Care Manager Association.
Because of her experience as a family caregiver for over 2 decades, Mimi knows the challenges people face with finding reliable, trustworthy, professional care and understands the needs of the people her company serves. She is guided by the fundamental question: “Would I want this caregiver in my home with my loved one?” Much time and attention is spent on screening potential caregivers and then on observing current caregivers’ performance. Mimi’s dedication to selecting wonderful people to care for her company’s clients has resulted in two Tampa Bay area awards for Caregiver of the Year along with Mimi being selected as a finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Health Care Hero Awards in 2009.
To continue her ministry of service, Mimi is starting a new support group focusing on general caregiving challenges and education. Caregivers of Someone Aging (COSA) will begin on October 4, 2011 at Horizon Bay of Hyde Park.