When caring for an elderly parent or grandparent, it is important to have a plan for when crises hit. Oftentimes, in the sudden event of illness, a fall, or changes in health care needs, the caretaker may find themselves scrambling to put together a plan on the spot. It is easy to miss important details, quality options, or available resources in the rush of it all. Here are 3 things to keep in mind in the event of a sudden crisis.
- Coordination of Care
Have you found yourself asking questions like—“What can we afford? What kind of help at home do they need? Where do we go from here?”
You could be eligible for programs you are not aware of or there may be duplication in your current coverage that can be trimmed out to lower your expenses. Additionally, researching transitional care management and guidance plans can help determine the best next steps for your loved one.
DNC can help you find local services that are best suited for your needs and finances. http://dnconsult.org/coordination-of-care/
Transitioning from full care in a hospital to partial care at home can be challenging. However, there are various resources available to those returning home from a short or lengthy hospital stay; these resources ensure the easiest possible transition and prevention of re-hospitalization. Nurse Care Managers are important to help provide proper care and potentially shorten the recovery time for your loved one.
If a Nurse Care Manager is not an option for you or your loved one, consider appointing family caregivers. “Family caregivers play a key role in preventing hospital readmissions. We are the one consistent part of our loved ones’ care teams.” Learn more about what you can do as the role of a family caregiver here: https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/home-care/info-2021/transition-from-hospital-rehab-home.html
Upon returning home, your loved one may need adjustments made to their usual daily routine. As they recover, they may be eager for normalcy and independence. However, it is important to first assess the home environment and implement recommended home safety such as:
- Grab Bars
- Toilet Risers
- Throw Rugs
- Rubber Shower Mats/Shower Bench
- Proper Lighting
- Safe Steps and Walkways
- Working Fire-Protection Devices
See if your loved one is at risk. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Remember that you are your loved ones’ most trusted caregiver, but do not be afraid to ask for help along the way. There are many professionals who will be on your side throughout the whole process—guiding and encouraging you through it all.