Steps to a Healthier Family
As you notice changes in a loved one, there are a few things that you can do to help them and ultimately your family as a whole:
- Download a copy of our Home Safety Checklist. By going through these steps, you can significantly reduce any harm that may come to a family member as you decide on your approach to care.
- Download a copy of our Needs Assessment Worksheet. It will help you define your situation and the kinds of services your family may need.
- Arrange for a family meeting to discuss your care options. Be sure to include the wishes of the loved one who needs care in the discussion. Use your answers from the Needs Assessment Worksheet as a guide.
- If there's a noticeable decline in thinking and reasoning in a loved one, schedule a doctor's appointment and ask the physician to test for cognitive function.
- Have everyone in your family (including spouses) check with their employers to see if their companies offer any caregiver benefits.
- Approximately 25 percent of employers offer basic senior care provisions to employees, including referrals to caregivers or legal services. Almost one in 10 companies offer substantially more to employees, including financial assistance with in-home care and extended leaves for emergencies.
- If you decide on a path of care, ask the agency for a Custom Care Plan specifically based on your loved one's physical needs, cognitive needs and goals.
We started working with Right at Home about a month ago to provide services for my mother who has Alzheimer's and to provide support to my father (her primary caregiver) six days a week. So far we have had an excellent experience. The caregivers are supportive, caring people and have given my Dad a much deserved break as well as providing knowledgeable care for my Mom. I have also been impressed with the structures and processes put in place to insure that we get consistent, reliable care. Our relationship with Right at Home is still new but we couldn't be happier.