fileNavigating the healthcare system doesn’t just happen, it takes planning and education. Most Idahoans want to live independently and remain in charge of their own healthcare. Given choice, they want to live in their own homes and chosen communities as they grow older. In 2011, the year the National Prevention Strategy was released, the first wave of the baby boomer generation celebrated its 65th birthday. Since then, the number of individuals over the age of 65 has reached 46 million and is projected to reach 74 million by 2030. Americans reaching the age of 65 today can also expect, on average, to live an additional 19 years. (National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council, November 2016)

As people age, these may include adding supplementary services to facilitate their chronic healthcare and living conditions, while maintaining their quality of life. The need to ensure you have the appropriate support to make your own decisions as you wish is a matter of primary importance.

Attending this course will help you navigate your journey through the health care system while providing you with the latest resources, empowering your decision making for as long as you can with the comforts that are important to you. Our educational experts will help you with the knowledge and resources you need to navigate the process as you age.

• Palliative Care and the importance of understanding the trajectory of your chronic disease - Dr Preucil , Medical Director, St. Luke’s, Magic Valley
• Be your own patient advocate and develop an action plan to address issues that may arise, especially when being discharged from the hospital - Dr. Cathy Canty, Hospitalist, Family Health Services
• What are advanced directives and why are they important - Jessica Gratzer, NP and Rochelle Sherman, BSW
• If you are a veteran, do you qualify for extra income to help support your aging needs - Cody Cantrell, Twin Falls County Veteran Service Officer
• How to access help in the home for personal care services and what financial resources are available - Nate Benjamin, Director, Home Watch Care Givers
• Understand the levels of care associated with assisted living facilities and finding the best fit for your needs - Shauna Vollmer, Liaison, Heritage Assisted Living
• Gain knowledge of the difference in short term rehabilitation and long-term skilled nursing care - Sabrina Taylor, BSN, RN – Serenity Transitional Care
• Learn the difference between Home Health and Hospice and why receiving earlier care is beneficial in staying independent, while living the best quality of life for the time that remains. - Jordan Page, RN, Director Clinical Services, Heidi Walker, Transitional Care Coordinator, Horizon Home Health and Hospice