When someone in your family needs support due to aging challenges, it’s helpful if all family members are involved and have input in determining a plan of care for your loved one. Sharing thoughts, resources, and responsibilities can help improve senior care.
The physician or care manager of your senior loved one may recommend lifestyle changes to ensure safety and promote better health. This may be difficult for your loved one due to physical or mental limitations, especially if he or she has a cognitive condition, like dementia. As a professional home care provider, we recommend the following steps for developing a well-rounded, effective care plan:
- Assess the situation of your senior.
Review how your elder loved one carries out his or her daily routine. Does he struggle with morning grooming? Is her mood improved when she gets fresh air outside? Knowing which part of the daily routine might require the most assistance will be helpful to you.
- Understand needs and goals.
Coordinate with your loved one’s care managers regarding the goals of the care plan. This might include physical activity, driving safety, diet and nutrition, medication management, behavior patterns, home safety, sleep patterns, social engagement, and other goals.
- Check other resources.
Books, professional opinions, and trusted websites for senior care can give you valuable information. There are so many resources out there, though, don’t let yourself get overwhelmed with trying to read, listen to, and apply every piece of advice. Find what works for you and your senior and apply that.
- Determine who’s on your team.
Who will be helping in applying the care plan for your senior? Are you the primary caregiver for your loved one? Do you have family members who are nearby and can help? Can remote family members assist in some way? Would a professional in-home caregiver provide respite for you and companionship for your loved one? Research and enlist those who can help.
- Put your plan into practice.
Practice what you have planned and document progress or regress in your loved one’s activities and goals. This also allows you to modify the care plan as needed and share valuable information with your senior’s care team. Should there be any setbacks, you’ll be able to recognize and manage them.
If you’re unsure of where to begin with creating a care plan, you can also seek help from an agency that offers home nursing care. Enlisting professionals in home health care and dementia care can help streamline the process and make adjustments easier for you and your loved one.
Dimensions Home Health Care has been a preferred provider of senior care and home health care in Gurnee, Illinois for years. We are a 4.5 STAR Medicare provider and dual-licensed to offer services in both Illinois and Wisconsin. Feel free to contact us for more help or information at 847-360-7660.