Part of being a family caregiver means that you’re going to be looking at some of the same topics over and over for your loved one. that’s a good thing, though, because it means that you can stay on top of everything much more easily.
You Need to Update Your Information
It’s really easy to have out of date information in some of your records. But if it doesn’t affect you much, you might find yourself ignoring it and moving on with what you know is accurate. Then you have to turn the reins over to someone else, such as another family member or an elderly care provider, and you realize that they don’t have that innate knowledge that you have. It’s time to update your written information so that everyone has the information they need to care for your loved one.
Get a New Health Assessment
If your loved one isn’t taking many medications or her health has been fairly steady, you might have gone a while without a doctor’s appointment. Even if your loved one has been to the doctor, it might not have been a thorough appointment. Ask your loved one’s doctor to do an updated general health assessment, just to make sure everything is going well.
Do a Safety Check
Another area that needs a regular assessment just to make sure everything is going well is your loved one’s environment. Check everything from lighting to slippery floors to see what needs to be changed or fixed. Keep a written list so that you can keep track of what still needs to be corrected.
Schedule Time to Correct What You Can
Once you realize what needs to be updated, fixed, corrected, or otherwise modified, schedule some time to do just that. If you try to catch these items up when you can, you’re likely to skip something accidentally. Set aside some time just to deal with these issues and then you can tackle them all at once.
Make these kinds of assessments a normal part of each quarter to make the job easier on yourself. If you’re doing this more often, it’s not as complicated.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering elderly care in Haddonfield, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.