May 10, 2018|
AN INTERVIEW WITH PRESTON ROTH, OWNER OF HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE, ABOUT SPEAKING WITH THE SENIORS IN YOUR LIFE ABOUT LONG TERM CARE.
AN INTERVIEW WITH RYAN PRICE FROM THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION ABOUT TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND HOW TO HELP PEOPLE CONSIDERING SUICIDE OR STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.
AN INTERVIEW WITH HEATHER GRAHAM FROM GREEN CENTURY ELECTRONICS RECYCLING ABOUT WHAT THEY DO AND ABOUT THE ENTERCOM ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DAY ON OCTOBER 6.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MOLLI MITCHELL, DIRECTOR OF YOUTH PROGRAMS AT MARATHON SCHOLARS ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO MATCHING COLLEGE BOUND STUDENTS WITH MENTORS WHO HELP THEM ACHIEVE SUCCESS.
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This is microscope in Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks of it's something many of us need to do eventually but how do we as adult children broached the subject of long term care with our parents and my guest today on McChrystal has some great advice on missions go this time I would like to welcome Preston Roth. Preston is the owner of home instead senior care. The president they has gone through good so home instead senior care. What does that tell me about it yes so home instead senior care. Is a company that was founded by Paul Laurie Hogan back in 1994. And it's a franchise network. There's close to a thousand. Franchises across believe the world across about eleven or twelve countries. But basically we are a company that help senior stay in their home for as long as possible to keep in this is independent as possible. For songs they live so. What that entails as hoping with you know meals aaron's transportation. We able to help with stabilization. Baiting is a need that and also med medication management zone. Statistics show that about 90% of seniors wanna stay at home so. It's a huge. Huge desire for most seniors I know myself I wanna stay home so. A big piece of what we do our mission is to allow for that. Do being it's her own home that's where your most comfortable right yeah absolutely as obsolete got your memories there. You know your your your your sons and your daughters like to see you there. Most people don't wanna have to move somebody you know into independent living community here even assisted living or are still memory care facility sometimes that's necessary but. In a lot of cases. We can we can in in in pretty much most cases we can keep people on 124 hours a day seven days we continue that. Does that somebody from home instead come live with people or is it mostly they visit them on yes so we we don't have we don't terrorism we can for right Tony for our care but it's not typically one person we fill I think that's a little too much for one person sent to handle and we want them to have the chance to test step away and take breaks out carryover stresses. Is a huge. Concerns for for caregivers not only terrorist network and agencies but also. You know family caregivers so. Twice for our Karen is is died issues we've done through two caregivers within a day so we do have multiple carriers come within one point time but. That includes people that are overnight so they are there at during the nighttime that help you know during an overnight as they need help to itself. What about medical care does is is this medical care to yes so we don't we you know we're considered on non medical so we don't have you know kind of what that means is you know we don't sit we don't prescribe you know medications we don't you go we don't do injections we don't. Do anything that even consider that maybe home health might do but we do a lot that can be done so we've worked really closely with home health when things. Our little bit too medical fur fur us. But we can really. You know and most of what people need it to stay at home are all things that we can provide we can do medication management so. And we do have a nurse on staff you know that network's first full time and she can help with things. In terms of medication management side of things and we can also help with few minor wound care of those things due to do come up. But the reality is for most of the stuff that that that clients need and it is in a lot of cases non medical were able to provide that's comparison for itself. Your real pretty young guy how did you get involved and senior care gosh. So I -- you know I went to Southern Oregon University had graduated in 1997 and with the business management operations management degree. And my first job I was working for Nike so we're for Nike for eleven years. At the headquarters are MB or ten. And I loved it great great people great company you know learned a lot. But it does is probably my name. 55 67 year and in the business and I just start a film like I wanted to do something where I felt like I was given back in Macon a bigger difference than in the world and in the people's lives. And so. You know towards and in my trade area I started you know investigating what are some good you know business opportunities that that I can do that not only could support a fan Leon but also felt like I was given back and make a difference. And it it was what it was what it was it took you know some time because this is one of those things as you're gonna jump into it. You wanna feel confident that I'm I'm moving it to it for the right reasons and that I'm actually. Meeting the goal that I was looking for which really was. To you know be an entrepreneur and to support my family and took to give back and help so. During that investigated period my cousins who lived up in not Seattle live next door to franchise owners of the Seattle and days come down to visit us and as I was having conversations about wanted to start a business in just wanted to find out what that was. And with that could bounce have given back in Indian sports family and they mention Thomas Stan and and how much. The neighbors loved and it kind of the light bulb went off for me and that's allowing time night and secure my graph buffer about you know two and a half three years in college. My parents have moved away. And and it was just basically he and I. And sites spends a lot of time with salmon so. That time with him was you know me shall not only because he's my grandpa but I I saw the difference I was able to make for ham and and you know they glow on his eyes when he saw me and we able to do things together. That with the combinations of homestead its mission and it was despite public just came on so that was kind of the moment Lori said this is this is broken until. So through and I took that we essentially contact at homestead I think the next day and it's a fairly long lengthy process to tell to get approved and into the system but about eight and nine months maybe even closer to a year. From the time I made contact with Thomas you know the time that we then you know started her business. And that was in 2008. So we've been doing it for almost ten years now come October so. We've been able to help a lot of people and it's it's one of those I assume those businesses that's. Now you're making huge difference dollars for the seniors themselves. But also the family members and it's such a huge need out there and up. I'm always amazed by and no but as I mentioned earlier 90% of of of seniors wanna stay home. And and all it takes is in some cases if if the senior cannot. Remember to say there AM men's or. They just need help with preface that everywhere else they're totally independent. They have to move to assisted living in minutes if they don't have. Help from someone like us may something as those that can cause somebody have to go to an assisted living community. To where they do you have someone there that helps with match but you know we can come in and help them stand at home that they may be live with lived in for fifty years. So it's. It's really it's encouraging to see that you know with such a listen a small amount of help you can really make a huge difference for people. And there's a large influx of of seniors trade the baby boomers are becoming seniors you know yes this is and they can't feed the age wave so it's I mean they're they're they're coming I think I wanna say this attack statistic is at 101000 seniors. Or 101000 people turn 65 years old every day. I think now answer to to relate to 125 are often enough those ranges but it's. It's it's definitely. A huge. Waves of people needing help and can be looking to plan for help and you know. Finding good people wounded terrorist to help is is definitely one of those opportunities for us time to find people living so much longer that you really have to plan ahead and funding we will talk about today is his planning for your future for long term care yep yep so that is a huge that is a huge. Area that a lot of people. Tend to. And I would say forget about but you know the standard. For people really look at is is you know the plan for retirement so they're looking at finances are looking at expenses are looking at. Maybe in looking at moving to a different suitable location. Part of that plane are also is looking at in a plane for wills and power of attorneys. But what what what a lot of people tend to forget and not think about. Is. That that play any stage from retirement and of life. And it's one of those things that you. It's it's a little bit contradictory that your BB plane for end of life before year end of life and that is really really important to start thinking about that early on. And you know you know homestead we've got lots of of of great power tools and and one of the things that we we have looked that is. This composure life life song. Website which helps people hopes our family members to start that planning process. Tell me about that with the book it was a yes so it's it's essentially that so it's it's essentially looking at is say it saved a website it's it's there's about ten questions on it there yes or no questions. Really easy basic questions but it identifies. If you are prepared. Are horrified about some of the life planning that you need. From retirement and of life and through the answers that you give. It will then you know composure life's song. And then give you a lot of criteria are resources. In education materials to hopes you better plan for that if based on a question. And how you answered them is a real song. Yeah actually does it plays it is it's it's it's actually kind of fun it does it for each. To pay and how you answer it it does it plays a song based on answers you've given so it's it's this kind of nifty. That's great player why is that so difficult that to talk about planning for your. Senior life. But I think the the big this is you know and in most cases it's it's the children and have a harder time talking about it then the seniors themselves com. But it is that common fear of just death of a parent you know that's something that. You know children don't like to talk about it's that fear of losing their and their family member. So it's something that down that communication doesn't happen there. So that debt tends to be the biggest problem is just that fear of losing somebody so the communication. Doesn't happen we stand in don't do the planning process doesn't have that had the ability test to begin to keep pushing it off yeah of course you know. Was simply could you give us some advice what are some easy ways for adult children to have to talk to their parents about the I think the first is you know. You know does stress about it turn BP on mutual fund a neutral location. Listen to them and keep an open mind. But also you know if it becomes uncomfortable move on you know. You know maybe change the subject I'm trying to be a different I'm opportunity turn to talk about it but a lot of times seniors can get uncomfortable. With the fact you know the questions of just who do you want to care for you when you're unable to care for yourself. Now can be like India kind of a tough question for seniors to attain answer so. It can get challenging at times so but if it becomes uncomfortable and just move on content two to something else and look for another irritant to look at. Our our another time to talk about that conversation. The other opportunity to is is you know maybe you know even talking about you know consider using you know photos or Ireland's ten to start that conversation. You know maybe looking at you know how it's so nice to see that your your gonna you know possibly give this medal to your granddaughter your grandson but just to kind of start that conversation. To. You know then build a follow up that follow that up with what are some other things that you would like to plant for at you know toward the end of your life. CNN LC it's kind of to starting that conversation but like you say being sensitive about that and backing off of mom or dad are both one if not go there now doesn't really. How important is planning and in boy do you think people don't think they're gonna need. That's really really important. A lot of people we knew when you they think well well while they're healthy they're not thinking about it in others don't like gosh I'm I'm healthy I'm not gonna need help. So playing for a Ken tends to get pushed off. On British really really important to. Ensure that there are financial affairs sir. In order on it goes a long way in providing a comfortable and the flight story. I'm without that plan mean it ten things will become the be less snooze so I think. Just count in any anything in in life you know having communication is really really important and then having a plan for that so. You know have you asking questions you know as I mentioned earlier about like how do they want to live. How the rest of their life from there on that note the end of their their their missed their time on this earth. And having those. Those conversations can start that planning process but you know without the plain sight things. Not only can they not financially plan for it. But they can't plan for. You know they don't have that flexibility if something does come out. And as I mentioned it as well you know 90% of seniors wanna stand homer and long term care and if you're not planning and thinking about long term care. On your unable to make that happen. The costs of long term care is increasing you know not only just long term care insurance but services like ours and nursing homes independent living assisted living. Must twelve between 2016 and 2017. That the cost of that increase four point 7% which is I think the second highest increase in a an industry. And it's you know inflation is one point 7% or so so it's almost triple what inflation has right now so. You know knowing that seniors wanna stay home 90% of seniors wanna stay helmets it's really imperative to have that plane before hand. Because if they do want to date they definitely have to start thinking about not only that financial side of things which is. Nobody in the family know that that's what they want and making their plans so that the family doesn't have. As I'm assuming issues do arise and played what you wanna do this I'm the sister know I'm the oldest sister mom's gonna do this yeah plagued it can tell you call some family to Jack yeah I know for sure. That's a mean as far as I I mean I on an in home care business and I talked to my my dad about the same thing and he says oh you have to have got plans in the I worked out and then in Iowa say well. Are you gonna filming. In on the forecast to know how that works and he says oh yeah we'll do that we'll do that and I saw I see these these situations happen it's it's it's one of those. You're you're healthy in this moment and so it's unnecessary to plan for a bit but things happen and things can happen quickly nice I see. How someone's life from you know perfect tells test instant need. Arms of the series can start planning for the better. So it's it's it's it's it's it's again it's important from a financial standpoint as you mentioned to Justine family on the same page is zimbabweans understand what the plan is. And in understanding their roles in that plan you know I'm going to be financial PO way I'm going to be the health peel way you know having those conversations up front avoids a lot of not only. You know. In Sharon and you can allow for your family member to have the best thing you know end of life song but also. He can reduce you know challenge Jesus you know are just challenges are disagreements that must have and so that again communication is pesky. It's interesting that throughout your life your health savings accounts you have for a one K is your planning for your financial future as you as you. Aged him and it says here that 73% of seniors have made funeral plans. But only 13% amid plans for long term care at an interesting statistic why do you think that this. I think they they a lot of them feel that. Based on sees a priority they don't see that is departed received a financials in the into the retirement expenses and where they're gonna move and you know maybe trips at they're gonna plan. That's the exciting you know PC you know the other piece is I think just a little bit more sensitive you're talking about you know we talk butt end of life. People just don't wanna talk about that. And they also eat a lot of them feel also that they may feel like there. Their loved ones are gonna handle it. You know they kind of leave it up to loved ones though they'll kind of manage that so. But I can also you know. Add to a little bit of uncertainty with the family members again it kind of goes back to communication that I think is just the priority doesn't necessarily is is. Is not their concern is it's the Willis the financial Tom and it's think there's a little of that expectation or that side of no the the families can hope they can take care of that. What age do you think people should start planning is that they're never too early. Yeah I would I would say that I mean we also have. There's a web say that we move that is cut is called 47 is www. 47. And that and that and that that focuses a little bit more on when you might need help or care. So it's not exactly come in line with this plane oh feet and into life but it it has a lot of great conversation on topics but it basically says when your when your daughter son is forty. In your seventy roughly that's a good time to start having conversations about. You know the care that you might need to know that the planning of of the year you know you know kind of your end of your life song. So yeah I would say. There's no there's no too soon time. But you know and that's 65 you know. Seventy that's that's probably you know anything further out than that you know you just never know what can happen so obviously I think the sooner just like in in any thing that the better. Give me advice for its stepped may be the senior who wants to start talking about it but doesn't equate not a start that conversation with their family members. Com. Yeah I mean I think. I think one of the things that that that a lot of seniors might be able to do is just is just asking. Is is to bring up that the conversation is that as I mentioned seniors have an easier time talking about this then then the adults themselves and that the other sons or daughters so. I think for the for for the seniors is is is just. Talking about hey I wanna talk about. My end of life silent talk about the things I wanna do. Not just the will and the retirement but how and that's a great thing about this composure like Sox and those questions really are you know. Talk to me about we know what's on your bucket list you know. Have they Abe have been able to accomplish one of the bucket list which bucket list items this year so I think. I think it all comes back to communication so I think in with the sooners out of the a senior might feel have a conversation. With their son or daughter about it of the better but I think just. I think being open and honest about. You know. Having a senior. You don't know knowing and acknowledging that I need to plan for that and plan for my end of life song I think is the first starter and then from the nearest. Is is communicated to your family. So. I wonder if parents could field and maybe a little bit ganged up on if you come from I come of from a family of five to slam that's right and if we all that it is okay we need to talk to mom about this and read. Jumped on her. I would there's probably a better way to do with than all of you coming and it wants yeah yeah I mean I think she. Cabinet I think. I think it's one of those. One of those things that is as as a family needed to do decide. What's the best approach you know your your father and your mother the bass you know maybe it might just be talking to you know a father being a first or mother first and maybe it's not everybody else wants to yank you can feel. You know in the first thing that an adult might do is going to as defense mode in and hail on the adult you know you're the kids I think on the tennis snared of those hallways be your mother yes those rules rebuke those rules. Ten to did to reverse at some point you know it's and it's not as Tara comfortable feeling not only I think for sons and daughters to feel like hey now I'm. I need to do planning but it it does happen but I think the sooner that these conversations can start. It and you know what the plan has so then you know this is what my dad wanted when when he was able to cognitively talk about the conversation for my. Mom was able to talk about the conversation you eat you at least have a big game planned for your for your family. But yeah I think Kim I think and knowing your family knowing what's best about how to approach that and not you know gain out and figure out if there's you know I. A way to just. Kind of talk about sprinkle in some of those. Conversation or those ideas sets maybe does need all happen at once you know hey this is you know sit down we now have this big conversation about what you wanna do and genuine answers. I think you can. You can sprinkle those conversations and that's action that's kind of what I've been doing my father of the last you know year or two is just. Asking him you know and I'll start stepping up that I would say the pressure Benton you know. Trying to get more of a planned for him but I ducks have been doing for the last couple years or just ask him about pace or you know what what are. You know. What if you were. You know unable to care for herself what are some of the things that you would like you know he says when you're gonna care from just what you assess this community is actually get a third visit to do that but. I think you know I think haven't sprinkling some of those questions overtime and then as you as you see maybe changes if there's changes that are happening sometimes those conversations are a little bit more urgent. But I think the sooner that you can start as we talked about and you know knowing your family and and knowing how they met respond to things you know can can vary your strategy a little bit but I think. Stripping those conversations and over in a couple months and you know years if you got that time is is a great approach account opens up their minds. You know KUSOK we've had these conversations before and and he's talked about it and this is something I really do need to think about and that that's this this website I think is is really great because it does ask some really basic you know you know questions that you don't yes you know I mean. I did think about that like is that you know one as a you know check in and I checked off an item on my bucket list in the past year. Do I frequently visit people. Whose company and joy. Nor have I talked to my family about and of life wishes. Donna hobby I I don't have a hobby enjoying and now I enjoy to play are due on a regular basis. And I start to enjoy beauty of nature today tell amended a broken relationship those are all really good. Questions for people to think about you know when you think about. Your end of life again that it goes straight to wills and our attorneys and financial. It doesn't some of these other things are just kind of relationship building which is he. You know when they did I knew there's a survey done by nurses hospice nurses ignited a don't have exact stats but I think the deed. You know move on someone's on their last day is our last few hours it's and it's not about. You know what will they'd have have traded who's who's gonna get the cars in your house or you know what financial. You know. You know bank account that they have it's about. Their relationships and really comes down to that and how have I spent my last time I enjoyed. You know that the nature and visit places as as it is it really comes I think if as I remember the number one was. Was relationships and so I think that you know just life you know how to closure lifeless on some of those questions really do tough touch on those points which I think is really important. He it's it that that's where the planning comes and right now you can sickle these things off your list and you won't have to worry about them when you get to the point where if you want them. Maybe I'm enjoying it. The last. Times you have perhaps felt. That's very important who's got about a minute left give up the -- so it's more time where people can get all this information so good advice yes so the composure life song Nam is www. Compose your life song and dot com so just stalled out that way it's a really quick hits takes literally probably five minutes ten questions but it's a really great resource to it has it it gets you thinking about some of those things that you might not be thinking about and then. Based on that and based on your responses it'll give you. Resources to help you. You know broach she's your family members keynote on material about long term care insurance if that's something you're looking for on the go give your great list of of resources based on the questions and how you answered them. Which is really really helpful so. The script you've given us great at least they think you can no problem we were talking today with Preston Roth owner of home instead senior care thanks again thank you so much passion. Mitchell's go fees and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. I'm Gary blocks and if you're involved with a nonprofit or public affairs organization or if you have an idea for an upcoming show I'd like to hear from you. Does this microscope PDX dot com and submit your ideas you can also go to the station's website can submit your information there. Thanks for listening to metals gold and enjoy the rest of your weekend.