There is no escape from the aging process for any of us, and thanks to improvements in technology and medical advancements, the developmentally disabled population are living longer. However, their longevity introduces a fresh set of challenges for individuals, families, and caregivers.
Parents, often the primary caregivers for their adult children, typically wish to care for them in the home, if possible and depending on the severity of their disability. Unlike most aging adults, individuals with developmental disabilities likely do not have adult children to step into the role of guardian or caregiver when their parents are no longer able to parent or pass away.
In essence, we require more help as we age; we may lose our support system, and our resources leave us with fewer options. It is highly recommended that all families make arrangements to meet future challenges, and those with disabilities especially require careful planning with distinct strategies.
Our staff is available to assist families in planning for the future of their loved ones and themselves as primary caregivers, and we work with individuals and families to reach outcomes that are important to them.
Along with typical aging challenges, these individuals may face failing health symptoms at a younger age due to decreased mobility, health care choices, or consequences of their particular disability. Many general health practitioners are not equipped to address the increased needs of a person aging with a disability. Opengate is proud to provide a residence that cares for medically frail individuals with supportive and experienced 24-hour medical care.
Individuals who are now facing old age have experienced a different lifestyle than those who are younger and coming into adulthood. Younger adults have experienced more community involvement, inclusion, and better resources than those who may have spent time in institutions. They have had more opportunities to develop social skills and enjoy benefits from a more accepting society than in the past.
Opengate provides a place for our seniors to interact, play games, socialize, and listen to their own generation’s music, not isolated, but being together with others who share commonalities. By working with individuals and their families to create personal outcome plans, everyone is on the same page when addressing their needs and goals.
It’s never too early to begin planning for your aging child with developmental disabilities or mental health issues. Planning for long-term care of a senior adult is not only a necessity but an act of love. By creating a legacy giving and donation plan, you build the foundation for your loved one’s future.
To make an appointment with an Opengate staff member who can advise about all of the resources available, assist in creation of a personal outcome plan, or legacy giving, please call 914-277-5350 or email email@example.com and you will be properly directed.