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Continuing care into the future

 

These days, due to global circumstances, many families are spending more time together – and that includes caregivers. Between working from home and outside commitments temporarily on hold, you may be one of the many caregivers able to dedicate more time to your aging loved one. Which, incidentally, can be a huge perk! This allows you to assist your loved one with daily activities as needed; monitor their health and safety; ensure they’re getting well-balanced meals and proper nutrition; and overall, help prevent loneliness

However, once things start to go back to normal and your regular commitments get back on track, it can be hard to suddenly stop giving such concentrated care to your loved one. They too may have gotten accustomed to this level of hands-on support, enjoying the benefits of having someone around all the time.

Additionally, during this time of close interaction and one-on-one attention, you – like many caregivers – may, in fact, realize that your loved one requires more assistance than you had previously thought.

Are you looking at your loved one’s future and thinking that they may need an extra set of hands and eyes? Let Eldercare Connections help guide your path for peace of mind, and find a unique care plan for the future.

Eldercare Connections is a completely free service; We are local, experienced, and are here to advocate for seniors and their families.

Our advisors live and work in your community! We are experts with the care options in your area. Once we understand your needs, we can provide detailed care plans for your loved one to make the path of aging as smooth and simple as possible.

Is now the time to think about assisted living?

Assisted living support

As parents age, their correspondingly aging children frequently take on more of a caretaker role – whether literally becoming the full-time caregiver, or merely giving more attention to their aging parents.

And recently, due to global circumstances, you – like a lot of adult children – may be in even closer contact with your aging parent than before. You may be checking in with your parents more frequently to monitor their health and wellbeing: more phone calls, more video chats, and maybe even more face-to-face interactions.

Because of this, you may be more honed into your parent’s or parents’ way of life than you were prior – and maybe it doesn’t look quite like you had thought. Perhaps their home is in greater disarray; perhaps they’re moving more slowly than before, or perhaps they’re having a harder time taking care of themselves than you realized.

Additionally, many individuals have been running more errands for their aging parents – such as pharmacy pickups, meal delivery, or grocery shopping – in an effort to keep them at home as much as possible.

This also offers insight into a parent’s life: perhaps their medication list is heavier than in the past; perhaps their eating habits or grocery requests aren’t as nutritious as they should be (or once were).

Is assisted living the right path?

Overall, you may be learning a lot more about the lifestyle and living situation of your parent or parents – and it may be clear that they need more help than you can give them.

Assisted living may be the best solution!

These communities offer residents that touch of extra day-to-day help that they need: from bathing to grooming to medication management. Additionally, medical care is available and provided as needed, and all meals are supplied.

These communities also feature many social benefits – with things like group activities and common spaces – helping to eliminate isolation among seniors. And, even though staff members are available to help at all hours of the day, communities are set up to allow residents the freedom to live as independently as possible.

In general, these communities cover the concerns individuals have about their aging loved ones: clean living spaces, nutritious meals, and consistent support. With so much hands-on assistance and daily needs met, assisted living offers both residents and family members a stable peace of mind.

Do you still have questions or concerns about assisted living? Eldercare Connections provides personalized care plans for seniors, using their vast supply of expertise and resources, to make the journey of aging as smooth as possible.

When Should You Involve an Elder Law Attorney?

elder law attorney desk name plate and gavel

Elder law is a new type of law that has come about due to longer life expectancy of the Baby Boomers. An elder law attorney provides advocacy to the elderly, disabled, and their family members. It can be confusing to know when to contact an elder law attorney. For this reason, we have identified the most common reasons people contact one and how the attorney helps.

How Your Elder Law Attorney Can Help

An Elder Law Attorney, also listed as Elder Care Attorney, and some times referred to as an Elder Care Lawyer help people with legal matters having to do with estate planning, asset protection, Medicaid, and other types of planning.

The best time to involve an elder law attorney is before someone’s health begins to fail due to age-related conditions. It is important that the person is of sound body and mind when making decisions about the future.

The following are some of the ways an elder law attorney helps older individuals.

Elder Care Attorney and Management of Assets and Health Care Plan

An elder care lawyer can help you appoint a loved one to manage your assets and health care plan in case you become so ill you are unable to manage them yourself. This should be someone you trust and you believe will carry out the plan as written in the agreement.

The lawyer will help you complete the legal documents needed, so only the prescribed person can take control of your assets and health care plan. They also are experienced in the multiple options available to you. Since not everyone’s situation is the same, you will want to spend some time with the elder law attorney, ask lots of questions, and make sure that things will be managed according to your wishes.

An Elder Care Lawyer Will Write A Long-Term Care Plan 

A long-term care plan involves stating your wishes with regard to your care and how it will be paid for when you need it. Most of the time, the person in charge of your assets and health care plan will also be in charge of this plan. This differs from the above in that this covers your nursing care, while the health care plan covers medical care. The lawyer will help you complete the necessary documentation needed to ensure your long-term care plan is followed.

Estate Planning

estate planning infographic for meeting with elder law attorneyEstate planning has to do with distribution of your assets in the event of your death. This may include a will, trust or other documents. Since these are all legal documents, an elder law attorney needs to prepare them to ensure they are completed correctly and therefore binding.

Power of Attorney

It’s important to also appoint a person to be your Power of Attorney (someone who will make decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated) For more explanation please visit our blog a living will vs power of attorney and is it really that important. You will need to complete paperwork for this, as other loved ones may want to take control of this when you are not able to respond. An elder care lawyer will ensure the documents are completed in their entirety.

Eldercare Connections Can Recommend an Elder Law Attorney

If you need to appoint someone to manage your assets, healthcare plan, long-term care plan, and/or create a will or complete a Power of Attorney document, it’s important to contact an elder law attorney. Eldercare Connections can help you find an appropriate attorney. For assistance either complete our contact us form or give us a call at 513-685-8998.

Is My Doctor Really the Best Person to Recommend Elderly Care Solutions?

Decisions are plentiful when it comes to elderly care solutions. And making informed decisions can be overwhelimg, not to mention moving to a new community to help you with your needs can be nerve-racking. You don’t want to move to one community and find it doesn’t suit you, and then have to move to another one. That’s why it’s important to know who you should turn to when it comes to finding the right place for this stage of your life.

Recommendations from Doctors for Elderly Care Solutions

doctor suggesting elderly care solutions to an older female patientIt is important to seek help from your doctor when it comes to elderly care services. You need to know what assistance is needed based on your health conditions.

People suffering from dementia often need help with remembering medications, if they have a number of them to take each day. Some medications must be taken daily at the same time, while others can be taken at any time of the day, and it isn’t a serious health concern if a dose is missed. Depending on the medications you’ve been prescribed, you may need to have someone administer the medication to you or just check each day to see if you took them.

This is why a doctor’s appointment to see what your needs are is important.

Does this mean that the doctor is the best person to recommend elderly care solutions? Probably not.

While your health is a critical piece of the care you need, there are other factors that need to be considered and addressed. These other factors are likely beyond the scope of what your doctor can confidently weigh on for his or her recommendations.

For instance, you may need more social interaction than you are receiving right now. While your doctor may know this, it may not know which elderly care facilities will provide you with this part of your well-being.

This is the reason you need to not only consult with your doctor, but with an elder care consultant.

How Consultants Help Match You with Elderly Care Facilities

senior woman viewing study about elderly care facilities with doctorElder care solutions specialists can better help you with recommendations on elderly care solutions. The specialist is able to take the assessment your doctor has done, give you an additional assessment to determine other needs, and then match you up with elderly care facilities that not only help you physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. This way you receive help in all areas to keep you happy, healthy, and safe.

Please know that when you speak to an elder care consultant, you do not need to answer any questions you do not feel completely comfortable answering. All of the questions are only used to help match you up with the right community, but we understand some of them may seem too personal.

If you’re the loved one of an older individual, you can also call us for help. We offer FREE referral Senior Placement Services and we use your information to help you find the right elderly care facility.

Contact us today at (513) 685-8998 for more information. Or complete our Contact Us form. We love helping our senior friends!

Caring for Parent With Dementia at Home: How to Know When It’s No Longer Feasible

Dementia is a condition that can start slowly. At the onset it is often mistakenly identified as “just getting older,” but as it progresses slowly, they wonder if it’s something much more than natural aging. And caring for parent with dementia at home comes into question and presents many challenges. The FCA has provided a nice guide to understanding dementia behaviors and will definitely help you determine if your parent is beginning to show signs.

As the condition starts to take over the person’s mind, caring for a dementia patient may not longer be feasible. There are many reasons for this to be the case, several of which we address below.

Safety Concerns when Caring for a Dementia Patient

Safety is the primary concern when caring fora parent with dementia at home. Often memory lapses become the source of safety concerns. They may forget to turn off a stove. Or might light a candle and leave it unattended. They may even leave the house and walk aimlessly around the neighborhood. And without supervision or assistance, this can put your loved one at risk.

Unless you’re able to supervise your loved ones all day long, when this stage of dementia happens, it’s best to seek alternative options for care services.

Medication Compliance

Medications are an important consideration, especially when people are getting older. Again, memory lapses can be the cause of problems. Forgetting to take medication or taking it twice can lead to illness and more severe consequences – stroke, heart attack, etc.

Caring for parent with dementia at home means monitoring what medications need to be taken and when.And if caring for a dementia patient is not within your abilities or you are not able to make that large commitment, then it’s best not to try caring for your own parent with dementia at home. It’s better to have them in a living situation with a trained professional that will help them with their prescriptions.

Unkempt Appearance and Home

applying makeup is caring for parent with dementia at home

While this may not appear as much of as threat as the reasons above, it is still highly important. When a parent with dementia at home is unable to keep themselves and their environment clean, issues can occur that can put their health at risk. Good hygiene and maintaining a clean home may be even more important that in past as the parent grows older. As appearance begin to decline it is often a sign that additional help may be necessary.

While this may not be needed on a daily basis, if someone can visit your loved one to help them with daily living skills every other day or at least three times a week, that would be best. If this is not possible, assisted living communities may be a great option.

When Caring for a Parent with Dementia at Home is no longer possible

One of the most common feelings people have caring for a dementia patient is guilt. When it comes seeking elderly care, it’s also common to feel as though you are letting them down, or giving up on them. This guilt is not warranted, though.

caring for a dementia patient means involving her in normal activitiesYou have been caring for your parent with dementia at home up to this point, and now, it’s no longer feasible for you to continue. This does not make you a bad person or inadequate. It simply means your loved one’s needs have exceeded your ability to help him/her enough. Often, because of feelings of guilt, people try to care for parents with dementia at home long beyond what they really can handle. You actually could be doing the wrong thing continuing to try and then putting your older loved one at increased risk, or at the very least providing a less compatible environment that what they really need.

Making the Decision to Seek Elder Care

Reach out to Eldercare Connections for help with this situation. We help you find the right type of support for your loved one’s needs. Whether you need senior placement services or elderly home care our specialists will help you determine the perfect fit for your loved one. We work with people every single day and help them in many ways for no cost at all.

You have nothing to lose so just call us and ask for information. We know it’s a hard time, and we want to make it easier for you. Reach out to us by completing our contact us form, or you can reach us at (513) 685-8998.

Dementia Behaviors: How to Manage Dementia

When you experience dementia behaviors from a loved one, it can be quite difficult to handle. Understanding common behaviors of dementia means realizing that communication changes and it can be very frustrating. Dementia behaviors can be difficult to manage but the good news is that there is something you can do about it.

Managing Behaviors of Dementia Patients

Take each one of these ways of managing behaviors of dementia patients and give them a try. Start slowly, and if it doesn’t work the first time, don’t discount it. Simply try again until you’re sure it’s not going to work.

Remain Positivedaughter is patiently listening as she learns how to manage dementia

When you’re frustrated, it can be difficult to remain positive, but it’s the best way to react to poor dementia behaviors. Make sure your body language matches the positive tone of your voice because even though your loved one is older, he/she can pick up on signals that don’t match up.

Limit Distractions

Don’t try to speak to your loved one while he/she is watching TV or listening to the radio. Either ask to turn it off or wait until it is off to communicate. This way he/she is not inundated with too many things grasping for their attention – including speaking with you.

Speak Simply

Do not try to tell your loved one a long, drawn out story. Attention spans are limited with people people suffering from dementia. Tell your loved one what you want him/her to know in as few words and sentences as possible without being vague.

When dealing with dementia behaviors Ask Simple Questions

Similar to the speaking simply, ask short, simple questions. For example,

● Do you want a turkey sandwich for lunch?
● How are you feeling?
● What time is your doctor’s appointment?

Avoid asking questions that are very open ended, such as:

● What happened when Mary came by today and what did she say?

Open ended questions tend to demand more from the person and can cause confusion, all leading to more undesirable dementia behaviors.

Wait Patiently

As you learn how to manage dementia be conscious of the patient having a difficult time processing information, especially when trying to say something. Be patient and wait for the person to start and finish speaking. Interruptions and hurrying your loved one will only frustrate him/her and you and could cause more unwanted dementia related behaviors.

Break Down Activities

Don’t assume a loved one still knows how to do things he/she did a year ago. When instructing how to do something, break it up into small, understandable chunks. For example, if you’re showing your loved one how to make a microwavable meal.

● Take the meal out of the freezer.
● Remove it from the box.
● Take the plastic off the top.
● Place it in the microwave.
● Tap the amount of time it needs to cook.
● Press Start.

It may seem like you’re being condescending, but it really is best when dealing with dementia behaviors. Just be sure your tone is polite and helpful.

How to manage dementia: Stop, Direct and Distract

dealing with dementia behaviors of elderly man showing delusions and confusionCommon behaviors of dementia could include being argumentative as a result of frustration. If an argument happens, stop, direct and distract. Sometimes, you just need to change the the subject, and that can sometimes mean bringing in a distraction like a television show or turning the radio on to your loved one’s favorite station.

Adjusting to a New Normal

It can be easier dealing with your loved one’s dementia behaviors by accepting this as the new normal. Change is inevitable as people age, and remembering this can help you get by the hardest parts of this stage of your his/her life.

Remember to care for yourself first. Take breaks as you need to, and reach out for help if you need it. This will help you use the above effectively, so you can keep a good relationship with your loved one.

How to manage dementia with Eldercare Connections’ care and placement services

Eldercare consultants are experts when in comes to helping you make the best decisions for your loved ones. Sometimes finding the best placement for a loved one who demonstrates dementia behaviors is required. Eldercare Connections offer FREE placement services and has great partnerships with surrounding care facilities to be able to help you determine the BEST care and placement for your loved one. Reach out to Eldercare Connections at 513-685-8998 or complete our Contact Us form.