21 May, 2018 | 3 min read

Eskaton Educates Seniors and Families About Navigating the Healthcare System


Eskaton launches resources and seminars to help older adults and their children navigate healthcare and senior services, including an informative breakfast on May 17 at Arden Fair.

 Eskaton, a nonprofit community-based organization serving seniors in Northern California for 50 years, offers important resources for older adults and their children needing to navigate healthcare and senior services. For people with questions about senior care, Eskaton provides invaluable resources via its website. For more information about the issues facing older adults, please visit https://blog.eskaton.org/ and subscribe to the blog.

The upcoming seminar "Ask the Experts: Navigating Healthcare 101" takes place on Thursday, May 17, at Arden Fair, 1689 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA, upstairs food court from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

"Our panel of experts will discuss resources available to seniors and their families," said Kim Rhinehelder, Eskaton vice president of communications and philanthropy. "Whether you're a senior yourself or are taking care of loved-ones, this session will answer many of your questions about senior healthcare, the differences in services and the resources available in our region."

The panel will answer the following questions and more:

  • How can I get reluctant parties, both older parents and adult children, to talk about the important issues of aging parents?
  • What are the steps and who can help support my loved-one after a hospital stay?
  • If my parent can no longer make decisions, how do I decide the best place for my parent to live?
  • I don't know the difference between independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, home health care, etc. Where do I start?
  • My Dad seems depressed. He can't drive and is home by himself. What can I do?
  • If I can't afford to care for my parents, what will happen to them?
  • What kind of resources does the Sacramento region have?

Eskaton will address how independent living and assisted living can provide seniors with a supportive environment to alleviate families from the stress that comes with caring for a loved one. "One of the main reasons some people are wary of senior living, and why it is so difficult for their adult children to address it, is that they believe it means giving up independence," explained Rhinehelder. "However, senior living enables people to still care for themselves, while simultaneously offering an active and rewarding lifestyle."

Eskaton will provide education on the differences between the levels of care to empower individuals to make decisions that are best for themselves and their families. According to Assisted Living Today, assisted living increases the quality of life of seniors and is adaptable to the individual's needs.