Planning is a big part of being a caregiver. One of the things you’ll need to plan is what sorts of tools and resources your senior is going to need in the future. That means immediate as well as long-term future, so you’ll need to really dig into what you already know and learn even more.
Get in a Space Where You Can Think and Plan
If you’re not able to set aside time to think and to plan, this is going to be even more difficult than it already is. Allow yourself to have the space that you need to make these evaluations. Some caregivers might find that hiring elder care providers for some respite time is the perfect answer. It allows you to know your senior is in good hands and to focus completely on what you’re trying to figure out.
Write Down Some Possible Future Needs
Start out by writing down some possible future needs. Some might be immediate future, like next week or next month. Those types of needs are a little easier to anticipate. But you also want to look farther into the future, to next year and beyond. Use your senior’s existing health conditions and how she’s doing now as a way to predict what might be coming in the future.
Examine How Community Resources Might Help
Sometimes as a caregiver you’ll find agencies or community resources that don’t meet your senior’s needs right now. But down the road, your senior’s needs change and those agencies might be a perfect fit for her new requirements. Programs also change and grow, which might mean that something that didn’t work for your senior before might now. It always pays to go back over the information you’ve collected about local resources to see if anything has changed.
Educate Yourself Further
As much as local resources change, the types of information that are available about your senior’s health issues also can change. New studies and new medications are available all the time. Work with your senior’s doctor to help you to assess whether her current plan is right for her in the future or if changes now could be helpful.
When you take the time to sort through what your elderly family member is most likely to need in the future you can do a much better job at ensuring you line up those resources. It’s not easy to know exactly what’s coming down the line, but you can use the information you have to estimate as best you can.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elderly Care in Royal Oak, MI, please contact the caring staff at Alliance Senior Care today. Call (248) 274-2170.
Alliance Senior Care provides all the services that a senior would need to remain in their own home, housekeeping, meal preparation, companionship, bathing, dressing, shopping, errands and transportation to activities, as well as care coordination and Geriatric Care Management Services. Alliance Senior Care has expertise in providing dementia care, Alzheimer's care, hospice care, identifying alternative financing solutions and care coordination. Alliance Senior Care has developed relationships with the largest Long Term Care Insurance companies in the industry including; John Hancock, Lincoln Financial, Bankers Life, CNA and others. Dina has a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. She left her career in corporate Finance to start Alliance Senior Care with her husband, Brian. Dina has also had the very personal experience of caring for her own family members. She is an active member of the Aging Life Care Association.