Elder Care Planning Checklist (part 1)
Managing the care of an elderly loved can come with a unique set of challenges. Every senior individual is unique, and in order to cope with age-related illness and diminished physical ability, each needs a unique, personalized array of elder care services. Some require help to ensure that they take medications and/or use medical devices properly or they may need therapy or nutritional advice to achieve and maintain fitness.
Your loved one may need assistance with day-to-day activities like bathing, meals, housekeeping or errands, or simply need a friendly voice or the touch of a hand to remind them that they are not alone. For many, the most effective elder care plan includes some combination of these categories. Creating a plan is crucial and this elder care planning checklist can help you navigate several areas as you start the journey. Here are several of the key areas to consider.
Health and Medical Care Issues
As people age, they often need to take more medication which can lead to an increase in medication errors. As your loved one ages they may forget which medications to take at what time, which they have already take or what doses they need to be taking. Errors can also take place at the pharmacy and in the hospital, which means a watchful eye is needed to oversee the proper medications are dispensed and given.
It’s also important that people who are aging communicate well with their doctors to ensure they’re getting the best care possible.
Medical care needs could include:
- Medication Set-Up
- Medication Management
- Oxygen Management
- Intravenous (IV) Infusion Care
- Ventilator Care
- Wound Care
Nutrition is particularly important in elder care. Your loved one’s doctor can connect you with a registered dietician who can provide education and training, meal planning and tracking, and nutritional therapy as needed. It’s always important the chack with your loved one’s doctor to make sure all health-related areas and issues are covered.
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Reference support source: Inspire Elder Care