Square One Elder and Health Advocacy
Most of us know little or nothing about health care or elder care until we face a crisis. Suddenly we become patients or caregivers, without ever being taught how to find services or get good care. Square One can help. We connect people with information and resources, and provide services including assessment, planning, and monitoring and care management. For example: we can create a care plan including family and community resources, and adapt that plan as needs change. We go to healthcare appointments to improve communication with healthcare providers, gather and organize information to help you evaluate treatment options and coordinate care, monitor care plans, advocate for you in the hospital or other facility, and support practical discharge planning. If you are thinking about moving, we can help you find and explore options and connect you with downsizing and moving specialists, or identify ways to adapt your current home.
Elder and health advocacy are now essential life skills. We offer education and support in the workplace, which reduces absenteeism, disruption and stress for family caregivers.
California’s Central Coast is a beautiful place to live but it is not “aging friendly.” There are supports for people who want to age here, but they are scattered and difficult to find – especially if you need them unexpectedly. Square One is active in the elder care community and knows local resources, facilities and professionals. Alternately, we will travel with you to get care beyond the Central Coast, and make out-of-area referrals through professional networks.
Linda has a Patient Advocacy certificate from the University of California-Los Angeles Extension, and is a certified Long Term Care Ombudsman. In addition, she is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and a community educator with Campaign Zero for Patient Safety, which teaches people how to avoid common healthcare complications. Linda practiced law before becoming a health advocate.
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