Your elderly loved one may stay pretty spry, right up until she isn’t. there may be quite a few contributing factors to her sudden shift from “okay” to suddenly “not okay.” How you handle that shift can make a big difference to your loved one.
Get a Full Health Assessment First
The first step in figuring out what to do for your loved one is to get a full health assessment done with her doctor. This helps you to see where your loved one needs more help, what her prognosis is, and whether she’s developed any new health issues. If your loved one balks at the idea, it doesn’t hurt for you to get your own health assessment done, too. That way you’re both starting out with some baseline information that will help you take better care of yourselves.
Determine Which Tasks Can Be Delegated
The next step is to determine what can be delegated for your loved one. She doesn’t have to do everything herself and having help may be what she needs to focus on her own health. You don’t have to do it all yourself, either, incidentally. You need to determine what you can assign to someone else, whether that’s another family member, a friend, or even an elder care provider.
Identify Resources that Can Solve Specific Problems
Knowing what resources you and your loved one can turn to when you need help is invaluable information. Start making a list of resources that exist in your area for senior citizens and family caregivers. If you’re having difficulty identifying these resources, start with your loved one’s doctor. You might also want to talk to friends or neighbors who have cared for elderly loved ones.
Keep Your Loved One Involved
A common mistake that new family caregivers make is that they may start to make decisions without keeping their loved one involved in that process. Your loved one may be experiencing a diminished ability to take care of certain issues, but that doesn’t mean that she’s willing to abstain from all decisions. Make sure that you include your loved one in all your decision-making conversations and continue to ask her what she wants.
You’ll need to revisit your plan now and again over time to make sure that it’s still working for your loved one.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Meyerland, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
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