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 LivHOME’s Partnering with Families checklist 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 Partnering with Families checklist helps to sort things out in the senior’s living situation:
Perhaps the more time consuming part of being a caregiver is the coordination and oversight of care. Carefully consider who is going to take on the responsibility of consistently monitoring your loved one’s situation for changes.
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 you get organized, and we are here to help provide care for your aging loved one.
LivHOME’s Care Management solution 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.