CARETAKER AWARENESS

September 15, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

WHEN A FAMILY MEMBER NEEDS A CARETAKER

  • Have a “Family Council” with the members of your family and try to reach a consensus on the best course of action to meet the needs of your loved one.
  • Be a good listener and an advocate for your loved one.
  • Look to the resources available in your own community that you can utilize to best meet the needs of your loved one.

WHEN YOU BECOME A CARETAKER

  • Recognize that you can’t do it by yourself.
  • Ask others for help when you are feeling stressed.
  • Get commitments from family/friends to assist and relieve you from time to time so that you have a back-up plan in place before the necessity arises.
  • Attend every medical or other professional appointment with your loved one so that you are fully aware of his/her diagnoses/treatments/medications and other circumstances.
  • Seek legal advice for your loved one and see that he/she has prepared a financial and estate plan that addresses issues related to long term care, VA or other benefits, Medicaid issues and a Guardianship, if necessary
  • Resource: Central Indiana Council on Aging CICOA – Caregiver Support

WHEN YOU HIRE A CARETAKER

  • Ask your local law enforcement agency to conduct a background check on the person(s) you hire to care for your loved one; its well worth the nominal fee.
  • NEVER permit the caretaker to have access to your loved one’s finances.
  • Monitor the medications of your loved one and address any concerns with any “missing meds” immediately.
  • If you suspect anything at all is missing in the home or that your loved one is not getting the care to which he/she is entitled and that you are paying for, SAY SOMETHING, don’t ignore it.

WHEN ITS TIME FOR FULL TIME NURSING CARE

  • Time for another “Family Council.”
  • Seek legal counsel on Medicaid qualification.
  • Visit several facilities within a short driving distance from your home before  selecting a new home for your loved one.
  • Attend all care conferences scheduled by the facility.
  • Visit your loved one regularly and at different times of the day or week.
  • Accept nothing less of the facility than the excellent care that you would provide your loved one in the home.
  • Discuss the issues related to “Do Not Resuscitate” Orders with your loved one, if possible, and reach a consensus with your other family members.

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