Preparing to be a caregiver for an elderly loved one is uncharted territory for most. Those who are aging may need their living space adapted and their finances protected. Complex healthcare, medications and physician appointments must be documented and tracked.
Most caregivers have their own family to take care of and job responsibilities as well. Short of special training, what is a family caregiver to do? That’s where an evaluation of activities of daily living comes into play. It’s an essential tool that walks a caregiver through areas of need in order to identify where assistance is required.
The adage “You have to ask the right question to get the right answer” holds true for first-time caregivers. Identifying specifically what you need to handle health care, finances, transportation and personal care (among other things) for your loved one will help you to ask “What do I need, when do I need it and who can provide it?”
Here’s an example of how the Activities of Daily Living checklist helps to sort things out in the senior’s living situation:
- Possible Tasks: Ensuring the house is safe and free of fall hazards, doing grocery shopping and meal preparation, housekeeping and laundry, home repairs, yard maintenance, and pet care.
- The questions: Which activities can we do? Which activities do we need assistance with?
The Time-Consuming Job of Providing Home Care by Yourself
Perhaps the more time-consuming part of being a caregiver is the coordination and oversight of care of home care. Carefully consider who is going to take on the responsibility of consistently monitoring your loved one’s situation for changes.
- Who will be able to keep an eye on the senior’s health and mental status and identify changes? Don’t wait until the last moment to seek professional home care.
- Who will monitor them for depression and good nutrition? It will be important to ensure that someone is providing engaging activities and exercise for the senior so that they remain as physically and mentally agile as possible.
- When it comes to personal care and hygiene, what can the senior do independently and where is support needed? Finding the right home care support and maintaining the senior’s dignity is essential.
- Who will know if they are driving safely?
As seniors are increasingly able to age in their own homes, the number of caregivers will increase as well. If you are one of them, you have our respect and support. We can help understand your in-home care options, ask the questions and find the right support, and provide care for your aging loved one.
LivHOME offers professional guidance for caregiving, housing, legal, financial, health, and special needs. Life Care Managers specialize in medication oversight, emotional and psychological support, and social planning and engagement to enhance your loved one’s quality of life. Our Life Care Managers at LivHOME would be happy to create a plan that will exceed your loved one’s needs and provide you with peace of mind.
To get started, please call (800) 660-CARE or request a free home care consultation.