When your loved one experiences a change in health conditions, in-home care may be a suitable option so they are able to stay in their home while receiving the proper care and attention. However, there is usually an underlying medical problem that must be addressed first if your senior requires urgent home care.
If your senior has had a fall, they may wish to remain at home rather than go to a nursing home. Before you develop a care plan, though, Geriatric Care Managers advise that seniors should see a doctor.
A doctor’s visit is not the last piece of your senior’s care plan. Once a diagnosis has been made, your loved one may need help preparing meals, using the bathroom and taking their medications. A trip to the doctor has not solved the issue. Until your loved one gets their strength back, they may require additional support through in-home senior care.
Step 1: Consult Your Loved One’s Physician
It is important that you learn to recognize the indicators and subtle changes in your loved one’s health ahead of time so you are able to develop a senior care plan. The first step is to consult your loved one’s physician.
In your discussion with your senior’s doctor, talk about the changes in health you have noticed and work together to put a plan in place moving forward. This care plan may include the following elements:
- Physical Therapy (PT)
- Occupational Therapy (OT)
- Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)
- Follow-up physician’s visits
- Long-term monitoring
Many times, seniors do not want to go to the doctor or they deny changes to their medical condition. If the family recognizes these changes, however, they must step in to ensure their loved one receives the proper care.
It is critical that your loved one’s physician is involved in the senior care plan so everyone in the support network is on the same page and you are sure your senior’s choice in care is suitable given their health condition.
Step 2: Contact A Geriatric Care Manager
If you have questions about your loved one’s changing health conditions, a Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is able to assist you. GCMs conduct an initial in-home care assessment at your request. If you have not already spoken with a doctor, a GCM also recommends bringing your senior to a physician to confirm conditions and create a plan of action.
A Geriatric Care Manager is able to make recommendations for your loved one’s care with the family present or in the absence of family. Some families live far away from their seniors and want to ensure their loved one is properly cared for.
Whether you and your loved one live in the same house, the same town or across the country, a GCM is able to help you provide the proper care and support for your senior. If your loved one is in need of a comprehensive senior care plan, a GCM is a valuable resource.
The Geriatric Care Managers at Keen Home Care are knowledgeable regarding the changing health conditions of seniors and experienced in helping them find the appropriate care after they have seen a doctor. Instead of waiting until your loved one’s needs are urgent, contact a Keen GCM today.
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