Care Pairing Resources in Pasco County, FL
Griswold Care Pairing of Pasco County is very involved in the community and has built a strong network of resources to assist you in your care experience. Here are some of the resources that are available to you.
The Jean Griswold Foundation
Established in 2010, the Jean Griswold Foundation furthers Griswold Care Pairing's collective mission and offers the opportunity to give back to the communities that we serve. “Our vision is a future in which all seniors and adults with disabilities, with limited financial means, will have the opportunity to live a full life and age with dignity in the comfort of their own homes.”
It is the foundation’s goal to improve quality of life for low-income elderly and adults with disabilities who choose to age in place. It has given out over $100,000 in grants to over 100 organizations across the country. Nonprofits that were awarded grants included: Gulfside Regional Hospice, the Alzheimer’s Association, Lighthouse for the Blind Pasco County, the Volunteer Way of Pasco County, Lighthouse for the Blind Tampa, The Florida ALS Chapter, and the Alzheimer’s Family Organization.
Elder Care Attorneys
All attorneys are not created equal; many specialize. Elder care attorneys provide special value in at least two areas: helping you with the key documents each of us needs as we age (see below) and managing our assets and income to qualify for Medicaid (including the Long-Term Care managed–Care Program) and/or the VA Aid and Attendance program.
Key Legal Documents We All Should Have
Each of us should have:
- Healthcare Surrogate – This designates someone to make medical decisions for you if you cannot make them for yourself.
- Durable Power of Attorney– Used to designate someone to make health, financial, and/or legal decisions when you are unable to act.
- Last Will and Testament– This directs how your property will be managed after your death.
- Living Will/Advanced Directive– This formalizes your wishes regarding the medical care to be used or withheld if you become incapacitated— Call us for a list of the elder care attorneys in your area.
Aging Life Care Professionals or Geriatric Care Managers
If you are trying to coordinate care for someone and just don’t have the time or are too far away, there are people who do this for a living. They are called Aging Life Care Professionals or Geriatric Care Managers. Charges range from $70-$100+ an hour. Please see www.caremanager.org or call us for the names of care managers in your area who might be a good fit for you and your family.
These entities help one find the right facility/community. They are a no-cost service for the client, as they charge a fee to the facility that you move to. We work with most of the area companies and will be happy to provide you with an introduction.
Emergency Help Buttons
Emergency response systems are a low-cost first step at providing some peace of mind for those at home alone. Most charge a monthly fee with no long-term contract. Connect America, Paul Quinn, 800-229-4564 is our preferred partner.