Hello! I apologize if this is listed under the wrong topic! Last night my family got my grandmother into a memory care unit at an assisted living facility. Over the course of the last several years, as I've talked to people at work, I've seen that so many of my coworkers are struggling with all of the issues surrounding elder care and dementia care and trying to make sense of everything while balancing the demands of their own family obligations, work, health issues, etc. The information is there, but it's hard to find at times, extremely complex and we're often in a state of emotional upheaval when we're trying to navigate the system. So as the leader of our corporate wellness team, I'm going to create a series of after-work, one hour workshops to address things like the differences between the types of care, understanding Medicare/Medicaid, in home care and it's benefits/shortcomings, POA, navigating family disagreements, etc. I want to end the series with a workshop built around the idea "how can I make things easier for my kids as I age."
I'm really interested to know what each of you sees as being essential topics to include in the series. What do you wish you would have known when you started on this journey? What nugget of information helped the most? This forum has been a huge and invaluable source of knowledge and a place from which I drew much strength in developing my advocacy skills. I want to arm my coworkers with the tools to make the tough decisions they'll face. Your help is irreplaceable.