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Do I have the virus?

As testing capacity for Corona Virus increases health officials have expanded the list of symptoms that people should be aware of based on an update from the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention as more has been learned about the new coronavirus.

People should now ask their doctors to be tested if they have the following symptoms:

▪ Fever higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit.

▪ Cough.

▪ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

▪ Chills.

▪ Repeated shaking with chills.

▪ Muscle aches.

▪ Headache.

▪ Sore throat.

▪ Loss of taste or smell that’s new.

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Getting Your Way in Healthcare

The reckoning that comes with a once in a century pandemic brings many things to light. I am hearing so many who are afraid, or impressed with the kindness (and simplicity) of life. I’m feeling (and hearing you) process the grief of what (and who) we have lost. I’m hearing more families, clients and friends consider if their future and the future of their kids is in order.

Do you have your affairs in order? Many of us are reckoning with our mortality. Perhaps you know someone who is fighting for life, or has died. Or maybe you are just seeing it front and center in the news each night. Whether related to Covid 19 or just the increased awareness of our own mortality, front and center in the news, The pandemic reminds us that changes to our health can happen unexpectedly. “So much is out of our control, but we can shape our experience with illness and dying by planning ahead and making death a family conversation.” Sarah Farr

Read more about Sarah’s thoughts in this New York Times article addressing the upsurge in this phenomenom.

  • If you want some help reviewing (or creating) legal forms, or
  • Discussing what your wishes are

If you are inclined to try it on your own: Here is the link to Advance Directives forms in each state: https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/financial-legal/free-printable-advance-directives/ . What are you waiting for?

Please contact me to help you Navigate this process for now and in the future; Kate@BellinghamPatientNavigator.com

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How can I help?

I consult according to need – ranging from a single session to ongoing involvement and monitoring of a care plan. My services are provided on a private-pay, fee-for-service basis; There are no competing interests. I do not receive any compensation from the services or providers I recommend.

Perhaps you want a professional on your team for:

  • Evaluating care needs, implementing and monitoring services
  • Enabling elders and adults with disabilities to remain safely in their homes
  • Helping you live your best life, at home and on tour.
  • Recommending and facilitating a move to an appropriate care setting if staying at home is no longer a viable option
  • Guiding families through application and qualification for Medicaid services when private funds are dwindling

I can also serve as an ongoing liaison between family members and multiple service providers:

  • Health care
  • In-home services
  • Travel companion
  • Relocation services
  • Legal assistance
  • Financial services
  • Adult day programs

Professional relationships to connect you; I work with:

  • Physicians
  • Elder Law Attorneys
  • Senior Real Estate specialists
  • Home Health/Home Care Providers
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Adult Family Homes
  • Hospitals
  • Retirement Homes/Assisted Living Facilities
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Medical Travel Companion

Do you dream of traveling, but are in need of an extra helping hand? Medical and Travel Assistance is the answer to make this happen. Perhaps you are wanting to go to a Grandsons wedding, or that dream trip to a National Park.   How about a caring Nurse and professional companion to make it all possible?   

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Travel nurse companions can help those with physical or intellectual disabilities in their care with day-to-day activities or medical needs while also providing peace of mind for family members. Many adults require help with everyday tasks or might not have family or friends available to accompany them. Nursing companions empower seniors to take advantage of their independence during travel, so they’re more likely to enjoy trips without limitations or interference from worried family members.

Family members can also find travel companions very beneficial as they don’t have to worry about various “what-if” scenarios while their loved ones are away. Family back home can stay in touch with a travel companion as a non-intrusive way to make sure a loved one is taken care of.

Medical Travel Companions offers transportation and concierge services creating independence for customers who love to travel but require assistance with a concierge companion. This could be help with; hospital discharge, airport “transit care”, trip to the doctor/shops, two week international holiday, VIP escort

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What we do

Helping you or your loved one Navigate the Complicated Healthcare System

I assist families and individuals of all ages in navigating through complex medical situations.
Clarification of personal values as they relate to medical treatments
Assisting clients to: Make informed choices regarding available options and resources within the healthcare system. Identify and secure what matters to them. Be available for absent family members.
Working with clients at all levels of care in the healthcare system,
Helping clients understand diagnoses and procedures
Assist in considering alternate treatment options
Coordination of medical services, case management, discharge planning, arrangement of community-based services, assisting with complex medical decision-making, helping arrange second opinions and securing services from other medical systems, and advocating for clients with insurance systems and healthcare providers.

Just Ask for Help

Most people navigate the complex healthcare system reasonably well. But when you are sick, scared and worried, having an advocate with you is critical. Most of the healthcare challenges that arise can be worked out by asking a few questions and asking for help. A professional advocate is in place to make sure you use your voice to ensure the plan of care is meeting your needs. Advocates know how the healthcare system works and who to go to effect change. Professional Advocates are there for you to ask questions and to ensure care is efficient, safe and meets your needs. Advocates do research and find the resources you need. An advocate can be a family member, a friend or a paid professional who the patient/family members can hire to work for them.