Building a care team is one of the most important steps that you can take after your parent has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease to ensure that they will get the care and management that they need to help them through this progression in the way that is right for them.
This care team will work together to address each of your parent’s needs so that you are not left alone to manage them, and so that your parent can be the most benefit from them. As their family caregiver, you are at the center of the care team. You will ensure that this team is prepared to give your parent the care that they need and that they follow through with the tasks that they have agreed to handle. This starts with building the team.
Follow these steps to help you to build your parent’s care team:
Identify the prospective members. Think about the people in your parent’s life and your life who might be willing to help with these needs. Consider family members, friends, neighbors, and members of the spiritual community
Consider professional members as well. Your parent’s care team can, and should, also include professionals who can provide exceptional care and ensure that your loved one’s needs and wishes are managed in the way that is right for them. These professionals can include doctors, therapists, and elderly care providers
Talk to them. Take the time to sit down with each person who you would like to include on the team and discuss not only their willingness to help but the tasks that they are willing to take on. Express the need that you are facing and what they can do to help you, and allow them to tell you what they are willing to do so that you can feel confident in relying on each person
Offer cooperative help. Often the most beneficial help is the support that is given to you. As the family caregiver, you are taking on the majority of the responsibilities and are likely to experience a considerable amount of stress. Knowing that there is someone there with you, even if it is just going grocery shopping together or having someone ride with you while bringing your parent to appointments, can boost your mental and emotional health and make a tremendous difference
Can a caregiver help?
If you have been looking for ways to enhance your aging parent’s quality of life and ensure that they are getting everything that they need as they age in place, starting elderly care for them may be the ideal solution. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging loved one on a customized schedule that works for them. This means that they will have access to ongoing care, support, and assistance, but you can continue to give them all of the care that you are able and willing to give them.
Through a set of highly personalized services, this care provider will help your parent to address their individual needs, challenges, and limitations while also encouraging them to maintain a lifestyle that is as healthy, independent, safe, comfortable, active, and fulfilling as possible throughout their later years. These services can be particularly valuable if your senior is living with health issues and challenges, such as Alzheimer’s disease, that require care and assistance on a regular basis.
If you or an aging loved one is considering hiring a caregiver in Loveland, OH, please contact the caring staff at Queen City Elder Care today. Serving Cincinnati and Surrounding Communities. Call Us Today (513) 510-4410.
Michele Vollmer is a visionary leader who is perpetually searching for ways to improve, so to remain at the leading edge of the home care industry.She has served in the healthcare industry since 1989, including pharmaceutical and home health sales, as well as hospice sales and sales management.