As your loved one ages, it becomes more and more difficult for them to think clearly about the care they will need in the future. Mental clarity and astuteness wane, unexpected health conditions arise, and before you know it, you could be left making decisions about the care of your loved one, without their valuable input.
Everyone deserves to have a say in how they will be cared for as they get older. That’s why it is so important for seniors and their loved ones to discuss a care plan for the future, before complications occur or elder care services are actually needed.
A care plan addresses the needs that may arise as someone grows older and begins to lose his or her ability to remain independent. A good care plan designates the different responsibilities that are specific to the care of the elderly person. This allows everyone involved to make rational, educated decisions that are in the best interest of their loved one.
There are four different scenarios that usually ignite the need for an elder care plan:
- The elder is preparing for future situations.
- The elder’s family is anticipating the need for certain resources in order to properly care for their loved one.
- The adult caring for the elderly individual is searching for resources that pertain to elder care.
- The elder has been diagnosed with a condition they know will require future care planning.
An elder care plan requires resources from a number of different areas, such as financial planning, healthcare, transportation, emotional management, social needs, and daily activities. It’s important to start thinking about the aging process well in advance in order to help your loved one maintain his or her quality of life for years to come.
Have a discussion that’s centered around the wishes and desires of your loved one concerning short-term and long-term care goals, as well as his or her physical abilities. As the needs of your loved one change, the resources you use will evolve accordingly.
For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate home caregivers, contact us at 718.376.7755. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best to provide you with the assistance you loved one needs as he or she ages. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.