Caring for someone at home is never easy. Caregivers become quickly overwhelmed as the daily needs of their loved ones increases.When the Caregivers own health is negatively affected by full-time caregiving, many are faced with the tough decision of placing their loved one into a facility.
There is no doubt that this decision is one of the toughest caregivers must make. There are ways to avoid premature placements as well as failed placements. These are issues that geriatric care managers confront on a daily basis.
The good news is that there are many steps that can be taken to help seniors remain in their homes – with some planning and thought many people can age in place in their homes and communities – and there is ample evidence that living at home can lead to a longer and more fulfilling life.
Here are 5 tips to help keep your loved one at home and avoid premature placement:
1) Assess your financial needs, care needs and all available resources. Design a plan of care that supports wellness and encourages social interaction based on your loved one’s values.
2) Hire a professional care manager to conduct an in-home assessment to look at the home environment, identify needs, obstacles and safety hazards and make recommendations to keep an aging parent home.
3) Identify and arrange for any needed home modifications, community resources, paid and unpaid care and medical supports to assure home safety and support aging in place.
4) Identify and understand your loved one’s preferences.
5) Identify the community support systems and programs that are available, including those that are low cost, free or part of entitlement programs.
If you would like more information, please call ElderCare at Home at (561) 585-0400