Sue Lantz, B.A. M.P.A, Founder and Managing Director
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I am a boomer who is hoping to live a long and healthy life. This means that I may live into my 90s or even over 100 years!
Throughout my career, I have helped many people organize home care and healthcare, so I understand the factors enable us to stay in the place of our choice. Home care can become complex and expensive to manage – and a big burden on caregivers –if it is not planned, organized and well supported.
My passion is to use my healthcare, housing, and caregiving expertise to help boomers to envision and plan practical solutions for healthy aging in the place of our choice.
I have planned and carried out many healthcare and community initiatives that involve significant change. A key ingredient for successful change planning is directly involving the individuals (or groups of people, and/or organizations) being impacted by the proposed change.
Aging is change process – and like many of life transitions, we can prepare ourselves for a better experience. By anticipating some of the changes that happen during the process of aging, we increase our resilience and chances of having a better experience.
Most meaningful behaviour change begins with contemplation. By contemplating the practicalities for having a positive aging experience, we also can shift our thinking – away from being age-denying and towards a realistic view of what lies ahead- to be better prepared. This shift in thinking creates space for us to generate fresh ideas for developing more customized, supportive and cost-effective solutions as we age.
A collaborative team of caregivers are key to aging in place. The team are usually a combination of people – including family members, neighbours, friends, and healthcare and other professionals, such as financial or legal advisors. Teamwork requires co-ordination of activities, clear roles, and good communication amongst team members. The practical aspects of caregiving can be enabled through modern and/or collaborative technology solutions.
Navigating healthcare choices…
Through my experiences with helping others navigate the choices and changes that are part of the aging process, I have learned that:
- Achieving autonomy and dignity, living in a safe place in the right location, and accepting help at the right time – by not resisting the right care when it is needed
- It is important to recognize when the timing is right to move to a more supportive living setting or situation.
- Finding the right diagnostic, medical and specialized healthcare services can be more challenging, when care needs get more complicated.
- Co-managing one’s health conditions requires building effective relationships with our healthcare professionals and others – such as peers with the same conditions or peer caregivers.
Age-friendly communities, housing and home care…
I have been leading improvement projects in various parts of the healthcare and community care system in Canada for over 20 years now. Through my field and policy work, I have come to see that the provision of seniors housing, healthcare and other aging related services can too often be oriented to what the supplier can offer. While we have various healthcare clinicians, innovative surgeries, treatments and new medicines, the way care is provided can be unresponsive to the needs and experiences of seniors and their caregivers.
If we want more empowered models of healthcare, housing and inclusive neighborhoods, then we need to think about, and communicate our expectations of what we envision for our future.
For more details about my expertise and experiences, visit my site on Linked In .