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7 Steps to Create an Effective Care Plan

By July 9, 2015Aging in Place

Being a caregiver requires a lot of organization. From medical appointments, household care, and personal issues, there are a lot of activities to juggle. One way to manage all of the duties that a caregiver has is to create a comprehensive care plan. Below are seven steps family members and caregivers can take to do so!

Plan Ahead

The best way to be organized, is to start organized. If you have time, plan ahead for the future – before your loved one needs a caregiver. Talk to her about her vision and wishes but be frank about the options. Where necessary, include other loved ones including siblings or other concerned relatives in the conversations. If your senior loved one is already needing care, get started as soon as possible so that you can iron out any issues.

Address Costs

Be cognizant of the financial requirements of caregiving. It is a cost that should be considered in your budget. There are various levels of care that can be customized, so be sure to pick a plan that your family can comfortably afford and be satisfied with.

Manage the Car Keys

Many elders firmly resist giving up direct access to an automobile. While the driver’s license of the elder may still be valid, not every senior “should be” driving. You may need to bring in other relatives, even children, to show concern about the safety of the driving senior in order to reach an agreement.

Be Realistic about Living Arrangements

Though adult children generally love their elder parents, not all families can function in a multi-generational living environment. This may be due to physical constraints such as lack of space, but it may also be due to conflicting personalities and residual issues. If having your elder parent “move in” is not an option, be assured that there are other possibilities including care agencies which can provide services from daily living assistance to full-time in-home care.

Consult an Attorney

In some cases, a care plan for an elder is easy to create but other cases require planning and may need the assistance of an attorney. An elder law attorney may help with end-of-life planning including documents, wills, and trusts but he may also be able to give advice with financial and legal planning to avoid future missteps.

Know the Doctor

Another adult should accompany your elder loved one to physician appointments. He or she does not have to witness the entire exam but should have a consultation with the doctor so that someone other than the elder is aware of medical conditions. This will also help the physician know who to contact in the event of medical changes.

Write it Down

You’ll want to document as much as you can. Medicine management, doctor visits, daily routines – these are all things to closely keep track of. Additionally, be aware of the expectations of friend and family visitation and financial obligations. This way, you can keep surprises to a minimum.

Planning ahead and making sure that the caregiver process is transparent can help get things done and avoid miscommunications. If you have any questions about making a care plan, please do not hesitate to contact us using the form below.

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