How to decide what help you need
Most people want to remain in their home for as long as they can. The key to remaining independent and in your home is understanding that you will need help at some point. Making good choices allow you to remain independent.
Care planning is an important part of the aging process. Most everyone will need help at some juncture, weather short term or long term. Creating a plan of care helps you control how you receive the care you want and need.
How your care plan will help you:
- You decide what care you need
- You decide when you need someone to help you or your loved one
- A care plan can help maintain independence
- A plan can help manage the cost of care
- Care plans will help you communicate you wishes
Step One: The Assessment
- An assessment is the first step. The goal of your assessment is to evaluate the current and future medical, social and emotional needs you or your loved one may have. Your assessment should include:
- A complete physical, mental and psycho-social evaluation
- An assessment of the individual’s personal care competencies, known as actvities of daily living (ADLs)
- An evaluation of current living arrangements and access to support services
- Identification of existing problems
- Listing of anticipated problems
Step Two: Developing a Care Plan
- Help you manage personal care needs, medication delivery, and general physical, mental and psycho-social issues. For some families, a home health agency or assisted living community addresses these issues.
- Anticipate changes needed in living arrangements and develop strategies to ensure the continued safety and health of the aging loved one. Often, simple attention to home safety is all that a family needs to ensure the continued health and safety of their loved one. Other options may be necessary for the older persons to move to a smaller housing unit, apartment or other one-level living arrangement (including assisted living, foster care or nursing homes).
- Managing the connections between support services, healthcare providers and the aging individual to ensure your loved one receives the necessary care, monitoWring and support.
- A plan for ongoing monitoring and reevaluation. Families, especially those who live a long distance from their aging parents, should make sure that they receive periodic updates. Regular reassessments should address any changes in physical, mental or psycho-social needs. Special attention should be paid to the need for immediate modification due to a drastic change in the older person’s health and well being.
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