Tips For Designing Your Senior’s In-Home Care Schedule: Part 1

Posted by Machelle Thompson on Aug 25, 2015 8:42:00 AM

senior_physical_therapyWhen your loved one is transitioning to in-home care, it’s important to have a schedule in place. This enables them to fulfill all of the necessary components of their care plan without feeling overwhelmed by appointments, social events and the activities of daily living.

Rushing to the doctor for a last-minute appointment or being unprepared for other activities has the potential to induce stress, which may be harmful to your senior’s health. When a schedule is in place, though, your loved one’s family and support network are able to offer assistance with less risk of causing fatigue or anxiety.

As you plan for your loved one’s later adult years, be sure to include a daily or weekly schedule in your preparations. In part one of this two-part blog series, discover three elements you should include in your senior’s in-home care schedule.

1. Caregiver Days And Hours

Your budget usually dictates how often a caregiver comes to your loved one’s home to provide assistance, but you should also take into account what aspects of care your loved one needs in order to maximize the efficiency of the caregiver’s time.

It is important to keep a consistent schedule so your loved one sees the same in-home caregiver on a regular basis. It’s not always possible for a caregiver to visit your senior’s home on short notice. So, planning ahead to have caregiver support on the same days each week or month may be the only way to ensure that your loved one is cared for by someone who knows them and makes them feel comfortable.

2. Doctor’s Visits

Keep track of your loved one’s doctor’s appointments and communicate them well in advance. If your senior requires a caregiver to accompany them, you must ensure that someone is scheduled to be at your senior’s home on these days.

Doctor’s appointments may be weekly, biweekly, monthly or at other intervals. Your loved one might also need to see the doctor if they are not feeling well, so it’s important for the support network to be flexible.

3. Therapies

Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy are other examples of appointments that must be communicated in advance. Keep a master calendar that enables your loved one and their caregiver to plan ahead in order to reduce stress and get the most out of the therapy session.

In order to set a calm pace in your loved one’s day-to-day life, create a schedule that accounts for daily activities and events. You, your senior and your caregiver should have access to this schedule for planning purposes.

If you have questions about how to plan for your loved one’s later adult years or need guidance on developing a care plan, a Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a valuable resource. Speak to an experienced GCM at Keen Home Care to learn more about geriatric care options for your loved one.

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