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Options Counseling helps you plan and find solutions for your unique needs

When someone comes home from a stay in the hospital or nursing facility, the last thing they want is to be readmitted. Options Counseling helps people obtain the resources they need to stay at home.

Programs and services abound to support older adults’ choice to live at home for as long as possible – so many, in fact, that the maze of guidelines and applications can become overwhelming. How can you find what’s available, and how do you know which services are right for you?

Chris ChagnonChris Chagnon, Community Options Resource Specialist“There’s no cookie cutter solution for everyone,” says, Chris Chagnon, community options resource specialist at LifePath. Chris assists elders age 60 and older, people with disabilities of any age, and caregivers with Options Counseling, a free service that provides information and support to consumers, family members, or caregivers who make decisions about service options. “I sit down with that individual and find out their needs and their goals, and we go from there. It all goes back to providing individuals with information: how to access resources to provide either themselves or their loved one with the best care.”

LifePath has two community options resource specialists, who can meet with you in the setting of your choice. “They’re welcome to come to the office, or we can meet in a public area somewhere - wherever it’s convenient for them,” says Chris, and he can also meet in a hospital, rehab, or nursing facility. Whenever possible, Chris encourages meeting at home “because I get to assess their environment as well as their situation and may be able to make a recommendation regarding their home setting.”

Some questions that Options Counselors may review with an individual include:

  • Is their home safe? Are they safe in their home?
  • What are their activities of daily living, and how do they perform these activities? Are they safe with these or do they need assistance?
  • How do they do their housekeeping, their shopping, their meal prep, their laundry?
  • If they don’t have a car, who provides transportation?
  • If they don’t have the ability to perform some of these tasks, who does it for them?

“If we find out they immediate needs,” says Chris, “we can set them up with services if they would like them. It really reduces a lot of fear and anxiety for people to realize they can remain in their home, which is huge to them. That’s typically the most important thing - to remain in their home - and the services we provide can do that for them.”

For more information, contact LifePath at 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259 or send us an email.