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When it comes to caring for our elderly family members, it is vital to layout a loving healthcare plan. The plan should be flexible as needs may change over time. The following four steps can be used to create a unique program designed just for your senior loved one.
Step 1: Note All Daily Activities
As our family members age, their abilities to do regular daily activities may decline. These daily activities include eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, and mobility. Pay close attention to any changes in these activities as well as in your senior family member’s appearance and weight. These can be the first telltale signs of trouble.
Step 2: Identify the Needs Required and Set Goals
When caring for elderly family members, it is imperative to note the exact needs required and set goals to attain along the way. Two main questions need to be addressed.
1. What is Absent in Your Loved One’s Daily Routine?
Some examples may include:
2. What is the End Goal That You Want Your Loved One to Attain?
Some examples can include:
This health communication plan should include all concerns with the highest priority on top. If you find there are no flaws in the list, you can still include goals for their overall wellbeing. Maybe you want your relative to eat better or have a higher quality of life.
The longer-term objectives should also include the financial aspect. Proactive planning in this area will guarantee your loved one will be able to afford the senior lifestyle they have in mind. Your loved one’s participation in this is also essential. Not only will it minimize their reluctance to receiving care but because they deserve to have a say in how their life will be in the future.
Step 3: Create a Care Team
Caring for elderly family members should not be done alone. Having a care team can supply the added support needed so you do not have to embark on this journey alone. Including other family members, friends, and neighbors who are willing to help and can alleviate additional stressors.
Match the care team member by their strengths and abilities and how best they can be utilized to assist with specific needs. If, for example, one of the goals is for your family member to eat healthier and more frequently, then maybe a relative that lives close by could deliver a pre-made meal.
Step 4: Look Into Senior Resources
Sometimes more assistance is needed when caring for elderly family members, and when this happens, it is vital to find a place that provides services with compassionate professional caregivers.
Each person is different in their needs, so having a health communication plan that includes quality senior home care is essential. At 1Heart Caregiver Services, your loved one can obtain resources that include:
At 1Heart Caregiver Services, we strive to provide reliable and compassionate care to all of our clients. Our caregivers are highly trained, bonded, and insured. All of our caregivers must also pass a criminal and background check. To allow for more peace of mind, you interview and make your selection of the caregiver you feel would be the best fit for your loved one.
A health communication plan would not be complete without the gift of home care service. Get peace of mind for your loved one’s health and wellbeing and contact us today, because caring for elderly family members is our top priority.