Connecting seniors to their health care needs

New course offered at Okanagan College helpful to families of elderly parents.

Okanagan College is again offering a course this fall titled Connecting Seniors With Care.

It will help answer many questions that families have when their elderly parents can no longer live at home.

As the teacher for the course, I welcome the chance to share my knowledge and expertise in a way that will benefit your lives and reduce your stress.

Most families I work with have never faced this transition of life with a loved one.

As such, it is expected that you would not know what questions are pertinent to ask or simply where to begin to deal with this situation.

The terminology is ever-changing and there is a barrage of options to choose from.

That’s why this course, which will be the first of a series, is a valuable resource for you.

Future modules will expand on topics that are of a concern to families with elderly parents.

Questions will be answered and suggestions provided to make the transition less stressful and traumatic.

Families do not realize the emotional toll that life transitions have on everyone involved.

There are many new phases that begin the moment you realize that a move may be needed.

A senior can often expected to do more for themselves than is physically or mentally possible.

The family member responsible is often expected to know more than they actually do.

Families will learn more about what to ask, if their parents will benefit mentally and physically, by moving into supportive housing.

How much assistance can families expect from a supportive housing residence?

Will their parents be able to get a doctor if they move to a new city?

How long do they have to live in the province before the medical costs will be covered?

What is the difference between having the power of attorney and having the representative agreement?

Why should my parents discuss a no cardiopulmonary resuscitation form?

Who do I need to get the power of attorney from versus the no cardiopulmonary resuscitation form?

When can my parents no longer sign a representative agreement and when does a committee agreement need to be in place?

What things do my parents and I need to understand before we agree to have a joint bank account to assist them to pay their bills?

Is the cost of the drugs used in the hospital covered when the senior goes into assisted living?

Where do I go to get help when I need respite or go on a vacation?

How do I ask family and friends for assistance?

When am I asking too much of a neighbour?

If you have asked any of the questions above in your own family situation, then you are not alone.

This course will help you to find some answers to these questions.

Connecting Seniors with Care (PIR:391, CRN:70128) will be held at the Kelowna campus of  Okanagan College  on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  The cost is $107. Register by calling  250-862-5480 or sign up online at



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