You get that dreaded 2 a.m. call that your mom had a stroke. It could be your dad fell and broke his hip. Whatever emergency occurred, it’s taken your family by surprise. You’re now in a panic over what happens next.
When your parent comes home, things won’t be the same. You can’t leave your parent alone. You have days to begin elder care planning for their return if that’s even possible.
Elder Care Rancho Palos Verdes CA – Four Things Family Members Wish They’d Planned in Advance of a Health Emergency
Here are the most common things families wish they’d planned in advance.
#1 – Power of Attorney Plans
If your parents cannot speak for themselves, who takes over? If a power of attorney for both medical and financial matters hasn’t been designated, the state courts often designate someone. That person doesn’t have to be a family member or friend.
Without a medical power of attorney, your parent’s wishes may not be followed. If your mom said she doesn’t want a feeding tube, but she never completes an advanced directive, doctors may be making the decision for her. These legal forms need to be completed and given to the designated power of attorney.
#2 – Elder Care Plans of Action
What happens if your parents need care at home? Have you ever discussed it? Would they want a caregiver or would they prefer assisted living? What do the finances say? Is there money for elder care or assisted living? Would they qualify for Medicaid? Do they have long-term care insurance? Elder care planning is essential before anything goes wrong.
#3 – Home Improvements
To live at home, your parents may need home improvements. If your mom needs a wheelchair, she’d have to have ramps installed and doorways may need to be widened. If your dad fell coming out of the shower, safety grab bars should be added inside and outside of the shower or bathtub.
You should also look at adding lighting in a dark hallway or entry. Remove any rugs that slip on hardwood or tile flooring. Check rails on all stairs to ensure they can support a person’s weight.
#4 – Support Teams
If you’re providing even some of your mom or dad’s at-home care, you need support. Find support groups, arrange to have family members and friends spell you. If you don’t take breaks, you’re likely to burn out. Caregiver burnout is common among unpaid family caregivers. If you are out of mental and physical energy when providing care, you’ll struggle to do the things your parents need.
When family members and friends cannot help you, don’t give up. Call our elder care agency and ask about respite care. Respite care is a service elder care agencies offer that helps you take a break. Caregivers take over while you go out. Call today to learn more.