Elder Care – First Steps – Bloomfield Hills, MI

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Caring for an aging parent, elderly spouse, domestic partner or close friend presents difficult challenges – especially when a crisis hits and you are suddenly faced with the responsibilities of elder care. Perhaps your aging mother fell, is hospitalized with a broken hip and needs to go to a rehab facility or nursing home to recover.

Caregiving can also begin as a result of unsettling mishaps and warning signs that indicate a need for long term elder care. Perhaps your elderly spouse has wandered off and gotten lost several times. Or a long-time friend has lost a lot of weight and rarely leaves home.

You may be the only person to step in and become the caregiver. Or, you may be the linchpin of a network of family members and friends willing to help care for your elderly senior. Whatever the situation, you are not sure of the next step, or even the first step.

What kind of help does your loved one need … long term elder care? Or, help for only a short time to recover after a hospital stay? Are problems undiagnosed but correctable? For example, prescription drugs interactions and side effects, Vitamin B12 deficiency, dehydration and other treatable causes are often mistaken, even by doctors, for Alzheimers and other forms of dementia. According to Consumer Reports on Health, “Any new health problem in an older person should be considered drug induced until proven otherwise.”

If their problems are not correctable, what elder care living arrangements are available for your loved one? What nursing care plans are most appropriate? If they are able to remain in their own home, what kind of elder care services do you arrange? Is assisted living preferred over a nursing home? What challenges does your loved one’s condition pose? What is the best way to access community elder care resources? How will you manage it all – and still maintain a life of your own?

To help you find the right local eldercare services for your loved one, ElderCarelink has established a nationwide network of carefully screened eldercare providers for both in-home and community-based care as well as facility-based care. This referral service is free of charge. Depending on your loved one’s needs, in-home care can include a wide range of medical and non-medical services such as:

  • Adult Day Care / Respite Care
  • Bill Payment / Household Financial Management
  • Companion Services
  • Financial Planning
  • Geriatric Assessment / Evaluation/ Care Management
  • Home Healthcare (Medical)
  • Home Renovation / Maintenance
  • Homecare (Non-Medical)
  • Homemaker / House Cleaning
  • Hospice Service
  • Live-In Home Care
  • Meal Preparation
  • Personal Care (e.g. Bathing, Toileting or Grooming)
  • Rehabilitation Services (e.g. Physical Therapy)
  • Transportation (Non-Medical, e.g. errands, shopping)
  • Transportation (Non-Emergency)

Advice to caregivers …

  • Take a deep breath. This may be the most important advice you receive throughout the caregiving journey. All along the way, remember to pause from time to time and collect your thoughts. Clear your mind and relax. It may be difficult, but it will help sustain your spirits and prevent you from sinking under the weight of caregiving burdens.
  • Make sure you know the senior’s date of birth and Social Security number. You will need this information to access many services.
  • Collect information about medical providers. If you haven’t done so already, gather details about your loved one’s physicians and health insurance.
  • Learn as much as possible about the medical condition afflicting the senior. Talk to the doctors. Conduct research on the Internet.  Seek reference books in the library.
  • Call a family meeting. Try to get as many people as possible involved from the beginning. Early input from them will facilitate communication and decision-making down the line. Allow all family members a chance to express themselves and their feelings about what should be done. If possible, designate a person to be responsible for each task.
  • Find out if the senior has the proper legal tools and documents in place. Has someone been appointed to take care of business and make health care decisions in case of temporary or permanent disability? Has the senior made clear their wishes for end-of-life care? If necessary, consult an attorney specializing in elder law. These are some of the documents you should help the senior prepare if they haven’t already done so:
    • Will
    • Durable power of attorney for finances
    • Durable power of attorney for health care
    • Living will
  • Investigate your loved one’s health insurance matters. What kind of coverage do they have? Are they eligible for Medicare benefits or Medicaid? If so, are they enrolled properly? Do they have a long term care insurance policy in place? If so, what exactly does it cover? Do they have any coverage through a private pension plan or retirement package?
  • Explore other available financial resources. What assets does he or she have? Do they own real estate? How much is their home worth? How much is in savings accounts, IRAs, stocks and bonds and other investments? What is his or her monthly income from Social Security, other government programs, private pension plans, CDs, other bank accounts, annuities and investments?

Source:  http://www.aging-parents-and-elder-care.com

Contact Pure Home Care Services at (586) 293-2457 today!  If you live in Bloomfield Hills or the surrounding area, we can help you care for your loved ones.

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