Since your mother gave up her car keys and is having difficulties moving around on her own, you and your siblings have made the decision to share the task of providing for her care needs. One of you needs to take her to the doctor’s office, beauty shop and grocery store. One of you has to clean her house and take care of her laundry. And of course the yard needs to be maintained. But there are some additional crucial factors to taking on the care of aging parents which need to be dealt with but often go unnoticed until there’s a problem.
Read through this list of to-dos when putting together a plan of care for your older loved one:
- File all important personal information such as financial information on all assets and liabilities, insurance information, medical information, power of attorney paperwork, advance healthcare directives or do not resuscitate orders and more.
- Check to see if your employer offers a flexible work schedule for time needed to care for your parents, or paid or unpaid leave. Consider the financial significance of employment-related changes.
- Realize the particular financial implications of providing care for a loved one. Research shows that family care providers spend over $5,000 every year for care needs, over and above any lost wages.
- Talk with your older loved one and all others who will be involved in providing care in order to put together a written care agreement. Even though it might seem unnecessary, obtaining care details outlined in writing will help eliminate future disputes.
- Create a plan for ongoing help for yourself, to allow for necessary time for self-care and to provide a safe, trusted channel for your personal feelings. Contemplate available options, to incorporate not only immediate family and close friends, but also a counselor or therapist, your place of worship, web based or in-person caregiver support groups, and disease-specific organizations, such as the Alzheimer’s Association.
Experienced in-home care providers are one more excellent resource for assistance for aging adults in need of assistance with proper care, as well as for the family members delivering their care. Respite care services help family members to take much-needed breathers from care to attend to their own personal needs and to relax with some recovery time. The best way a person can nurture another is to first take care of himself/herself.
North River Home Care of Norwell, MA has more recommendations on putting a plan in place for senior care, and is also here to help fill in any gaps with our full selection of professional in-home care services. Call us at our Norwell office at (781) 659-1366 or in Sandwich, MA at (508) 833-1366 for assistance.