Preparing for the New Year with Your Senior Loved One
The New Year can be a great time to reevaluate and plan for the future of your senior loved one. You likely just spent a significant amount of time with them over the holidays, so you have had a chance to recently experience their demeanor and behavior. Year over year as people age, their needs can adapt too, and they may require more help in the new year than they did the year prior. These tips can help you examine where your loved one is currently at and determine what the next steps for their care in 2019 might be.
- Assess Your Loved One’s Needs
The first step to determining next steps is evaluating how your senior loved one is currently doing. Think about key areas such as their medical needs, home safety, cognitive health, mobility, personal hygiene, ability to prepare meals and feed themselves, and social interaction. Examine their ability to handle these areas or the amount of support they have to assist them to do so? Are they able to carry out their day to day routine and responsibilities in a healthy and safe manner? Write your notes down, so you can refer to them later.
- Think about your needs
Children and family members of loved ones often wait way too long once they’ve reached their breaking point as a caregiver to ask for help. When it comes to caring for your loved one, your needs and their needs are equal. Taking care of everyone on your own is simply not realistic. Consider your own health, your schedule, the relationship you have with each other, and your knowledge. Do you have the time and ability to provide them with the care they need? This does not make you inadequate, it allows you to be their loved one and not their caregiver. Be honest and do not over commit yourself during this step.
- Include Your Loved One in Decisions
One of the biggest misconceptions about care in the later years is that seniors feel they are losing control. By including them in the process and assuring them that they are not losing their independence, simply gaining more support can actually empower them instead of alienate them. Deciding on their care plan will likely span over many conversations and hearing from them directly will actually help everyone agree on a plan that has the best outcome since they were involved.
- Explore Your Care Options and Make a Choice
At the end of the day, seniors often cannot maintain their daily routine and responsibilities on their own and their care cannot always fall on their family and friends. Our home care services offer a range of support from companionship care to personal home care to advance home care where we support those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Home care is a great option to ensure your loved one is cared for day in and day out, but allows them to stay in the place they feel most comfortable and safe: their own home.
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