Care options can be numerous, confusing and overwhelming. The average person probably does not know where to begin when it comes to making decisions for care following a parent’s crisis-driven hospital stay. Adult children often are charged with choosing a care facility or alternative situation for their parents with nothing to go on beyond a cryptic list from the hospital.
A geriatric care plan is a way to help aging individuals ensure continued good health, and according to HelpGuide.org, “improve their overall quality of life, reduce the need for hospitalization and/or institutionalization, and enable them to live independently for as long as possible.” Stemming from a geriatric assessment, a care plan ensures that families, aging individuals, and health care providers are all on the same page regarding health care and living arrangements, and that each knows his or her role in managing the needs of the aging individual.
Families were once rather small, nuclear units that remained close together. When children married and moved away, they seldom migrated too far from their parents. However, in the last century or so, as children explored academic and employment opportunities across the globe, some eventually settled hundreds, even thousands, of miles away from where they grew up, and where their parents continued to reside. For the most part, this geographical split causes little trouble since airline flights bring us across the country in hours and we can connect instantly via telephone and Internet. Families can stay in touch even though they are far apart.
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The scenario is similar from family to family: your parent or parents may be living far away and may be beginning to develop medical, health and psychological issues related to aging. One or both parents may be having trouble handling their daily routines, including dressing, cooking, cleaning, shopping and financial matters. You visit whenever you can, and help long distance in whatever way possible, but it is just not enough.
You made the decision to hire someone to help care for your parent, based on a needs assessment and in conjunction with family members and medical professionals. You created a home care plan and know that you need a reliable healthcare worker, one who is experienced in a situation like yours.