Each year, millions of Americans volunteer their time and talents to care for aging-in-place loved ones. Whether you’re a new family caregiver or a seasoned pro, having an effective caregiving strategy is the secret to staying organized and fresh as the days go by. Eldercare plans can vary based on the amount of care that’s required, the number of caregivers providing that care, and the time commitment involved. These tips can help you either develop your first senior home care plan or reevaluate your current approach to caregiving.
Do an Initial Care Assessment
Step one in creating an elder care plan is to gather information and address any immediate problems at hand. Considering all aspects of your senior’s daily life will help ensure a more well-rounded strategy for dealing with family concerns.
Take time to review your loved one’s home environment, health status, medical and legal documents, financial situation, and – most importantly – their ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs). If your senior is like most, they might initially resist help from an “outsider” for reasons like pride and privacy. However, assessing their current and future needs is vital for developing a suitable plan of care that you can quickly implement when the time comes.
Set Clear Caregiving Goals
Based on your initial care assessment, determine what’s lacking or getting overlooked in their current routine. Then ask yourself, “What objectives would I like to help them achieve?” Once you’ve answered that question in your mind, make an ordered list of caregiving needs while ranking them in order of importance.
For example, you may want Dad to eat healthier or for Mom to have a safer home. While compiling your home care list, don’t forget to include your loved one’s wishes if their condition would happen to grow worse due to an injurious fall or chronic illness. You can also use this same approach to help them prepare for long-term objectives like advance care planning, estate planning, financial planning, or funeral planning.
Build a Care Team Roster
When creating a senior home care plan, the tendency is to try and do everything yourself. But embarking on this journey alone can be overwhelming and lead to serious physical and emotional consequences that end in caregiver burnout.
Instead, form an all-star care team, starting with trusted family members, community volunteers, and friends. Take an inventory of all the resources at your disposal and assign tasks based on each member’s time and talents.
To fill in the caregiving gaps, recruit specialists like doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, dieticians, and pharmacists. Eldercare experts like elder law attorneys, benefits counselors, financial advisors, and certified public accountants can also be valuable additions to your care team. A geriatric care manager can offer professional insight for organizing, monitoring, and facilitating your loved one’s care as their needs become more complex.
Plug In Other Senior Resources
If your home care plan still has holes, it may become necessary to fill those in by turning to outsiders like a meal delivery service, online pharmacy, ride-sharing service, or adult daycare. Your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) can be an invaluable resource for locating senior services that you otherwise may not be familiar with.
One of the easiest and most reliable ways for family caregivers to get some much-needed assistance is to hire a professional in-home caregiver from a licensed home care agency. Most agency-furnished professional caregivers can deliver services in the home that range from light housekeeping and companionship to dementia and Alzheimer’s care.
A Valuable Addition to Your Senior Home Care Team
At Epsilon Home Based Quality Care, we proudly serve many communities throughout Snellville, Gwinnett County, and North Central Georgia. Our local caregiver teams share a commitment to enhancing their neighbors’ quality of life while supporting clients and families with personalized in-home care solutions. While serving as a member of your care team, our senior services include personal care, meal preparation, errands and transportation, light housekeeping, companion care, live-in care, and dementia and Alzheimer’s care.
Our highly trained staff provide delegation and close supervision of caregivers while in the home for your peace of mind. At Epsilon Home Based Quality Care, we are here for you! To learn more about our affordable home care services now, or request a FREE consultation for a senior in our service area today, please visit Epsilon Home Based Quality Care at: www.epsilonhomebasedqualitycare.com.