Tips For Designing Your Senior’s In-Home Care Schedule: Part 2

Posted by Machelle Thompson on Sep 1, 2015 8:55:00 AM

senior_meal_timeIn order to avoid a disorganized lifestyle for your senior, it is critical to incorporate a schedule in their in-home care plan. A daily or weekly calendar helps your loved one prepare for upcoming events, chores and activities of senior living. With a schedule in place, your senior’s pace of life remains steady and peaceful.

Whether you choose to have caregiver support in the home or manage your loved one’s care on your own, it is beneficial to create a scheduled calendar to support your senior’s well-being. In the final installment of this two-part blog series, discover the last four elements to include in your loved one’s care plan.

4. Social Events

It is helpful to mark major events, such as visits from relatives, family reunions and weddings, on a schedule well ahead of time. Also, be sure to include everyday events on your senior’s calendar. Plan for weekly bridge games, grandchildren’s birthday parties, hair appointments and other social activities.

Keep in mind that you may need a caregiver to accompany your loved one to social events if they need assistance in the bathroom or would like additional companionship. Or, the caregiver may simply provide transportation to an event and allow your senior to engage with family and friends on their own.

5. Meals

Your loved one’s caregiver and support network should be aware of what is required in terms of meal preparation. Whether your senior needs full meals cooked every night or just a few nights per week, this should be included on a schedule.

Dietary restrictions must also be considered, and it is beneficial to establish a grocery shopping routine. Plan ahead for how many times per week shopping is necessary and whom should be scheduled to do the shopping on each of those days.

6. Activities Of Daily Living

Even if your loved one’s caregiver helps them through most activities of daily living, you should still establish a schedule for when each activity is expected to be completed. Consider tasks such as:

  • Bathing, dressing and grooming
  • Laundry
  • Hairdresser appointments
  • Grocery shopping
  • Light housekeeping

7. Medications

You and your loved one’s caregiver should know how many times per day your senior needs to take medication. To help ensure that your senior takes their medication correctly, it is necessary to maintain a clear and accurate list of all medications and their dosages.

A caregiver may remind your senior to take their medications, as well as check to confirm that each day’s pills have been taken, but your senior or a family member must set up the pillbox and manage refills.

As you consider various in-home care and geriatric care services for your aging loved one, keep in mind that in-home caregivers are trained to manage your senior’s day-to-day activities while still promoting a relatively independent lifestyle.

If you have questions about the right senior care option for your loved one, consider speaking with a knowledgeable Geriatric Care Manager (GCM). GCMs are experienced in helping aging adults and their support networks find the most suitable geriatric care plan based on a senior’s needs.

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