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SOLUTIONS FOR DIGNITY is a new division of Special Advocates for the Elderly and Disabled DBA IKOR of WesternPennsylvania. The SOLUTIONS FOR DIGNITY PROGRAMS were created to address the growing gaps in our country’s care systems. Our team has a unique perspective on the problem areas that can cause a crisis.  These areas are not easily recognizable to most people until there is a crisis. Crisis in care and routine living areas of life is the single most contributing factor to the loss of dignity, independence, and quality of life.   

As a result of years of experience unraveling complex medical and care-related concerns for our clients, the genesis of the six SOLUTIONS FOR DIGNITY programs were created to support all phases of life for individuals with disabilities and seniors from pre-retirement through the end of life. We have designed comprehensive solution-focused programs to be a proactive, individualized process to reduce risks and minimize crisis in care and routine living areas.

As we have supported our clients over the years, we have come to recognize all the areas of life that can unravel.  A trained eye can notice minor concerns and prevent them from becoming major issues. We know better than anyone how small routine matters can go unnoticed or unresolved and then add up to complicated situations that limit dignity, independence, and quality of life over a period of time. We also know that crises are quite costly for our clients and stressful for our team members.

The SOLUTIONS FOR DIGNITY programs were designed to help our clients and the professionals who support them to minimize risks and maintain dignity and quality of life without compromise. 

There comes a point where  we need to stop just pulling  people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in. 

 – Desmond Tutu

What is the Cost of Crisis in Care?

Avoiding a crisis in care can include medical, psychosocial (social, cognitive, and mental health) elements. There can be safety concerns or a need for a change in the environment or living situation because of an inability to manage home maintenance concerns.  A care crisis can have far a reaching financial impact when bills are not paid on time and taxes are not addressed. We’ve walked into and have sorted through many complex crises, and often by the time we are called in, most of these areas of life have significant concerns. It’s not uncommon to be called in for a problem in one area of life and find that many areas of life are already in shambles and compromised. It’s overwhelming and devastating for our team to work through preventable situations had we been called in sooner. 

The foundation of SOLUTIONS FOR DIGNITY is to offer preemptive programs to avoid or minimize complicated crises from evolving into a loss of dignity.  Having the ability to plan is an invaluable way to prevent a crisis that can spin out of control quickly. A crisis always reduces the quality of life, independence, and dignity. Unmanaged health and routine living concerns can make a considerable financial impact as well. 

While it is difficult to quantify the true cost of a crisis, a conservative estimate of traceable costs in managing care-related crises can easily exceed $35K in a year to effectively resolve a complex care-related crisis. Each SOLUTIONS FOR DIGNITY program is designed to offer a cost-effective system to reduce risks and avoid care-related crises to improve quality of life without compromise.

How Do the SOLUTIONS FOR DIGNITY Programs Help Clients Avoid a Crisis?

The six SOLUTIONS FOR DIGNITY PROGRAMS provide customizable systems to support dignity, independence, and quality of life for our clients, their families, as well as the Financial and Legal professionals who already support them.  As our clients’ needs require a little more support, we help address and navigate changes throughout their lives to support independence, maintain dignity, and enhance life quality.

Our objective in developing the SOLUTIONS FOR DIGNITY PROGRAMS is to create a system of compassionate care and support with routine touch-points to act as the smoke detector instead of always being called in as the fire department.

Select From Our Wide Range of Programs that Best Meet Your Needs

Safety Net Program

Support for anyone living independently. The Safety Net Program combines IKOR's Life management with a technology-based offering to monitor and maintain communication to provide peace of mind to caregivers when they cannot physically be there to check on their loved one.

Planning for Dignity Program

Support for pre or early retirement individuals. The Planning for Dignity Program helps clients define their vision for aging, understand their options based on their medical and financial circumstances and develop a comprehensive plan to deliver what good care looks like on their terms.

Preserving Dignity Program

Designed to support families and their loved ones living in a senior community or group homes. The Preserving Dignity Program provides an advocate level of care in medical, psychosocial and financial areas to address needs unmet in these communities.

Boots On the Ground

Designed to support Fiduciary Professionals, Wealth Advisors, Trustees, and Attorneys as they support their clients in their respective professional areas. The Boots On the Ground Program provides supplementary support to address care and routine living areas that impact financial and legal areas.

Aging in Place with a Plan

Designed to support seniors who want to age in place. The Aging in Place with a Plan Program provides support through assessment of home environment for safety concerns, address medical, psycho-social, environmental and routine financial areas and the development of a comprehensive plan to maintain independence and dignity at home for as long as possible.

Home Maintenance

Designed for those choosing the lifestyle option of Aging in Place with A Plan or those trustees and fiduciaries managing the property of their clients. The Home Maintenance Program supports our clients to remain in a well- maintained life and home through the services of a trustworthy resource for as long as possible.

If you have questions about how SOLUTIONS FOR DIGNITY might best support a senior, an adult with disabilities, or a child with special needs in your life, call the office today for a complimentary consultation to learn more about us.

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