Caregiver in Jensen Beach FL
American are living longer—often into their 70s and 80s. So it only makes sense that many of us will have to take on the responsibility of caring for an aging parent.
Ideally the primary caregiver should be someone who lives nearby because things can and do sometimes come up quickly. That being said, just because siblings or other family members live out of town doesn’t mean they should be ruled out completely. There are things they can do from afar—using the phone or Internet—that can help the primary caregiver.
There are many things a caregiver has to do. Here are some general tips that can make a lot of the responsibilities easier:
- Keep your parent’s birthdate and Social Security number accessible. You will need it for nearly any information you try to get or services you need to access.
- Keep a current list of your parent’s medical providers. This includes names, addresses and phone numbers, medical history, pharmacies used and health insurance information. If they’re over 65 their Medicare information is also important to have. Medical history includes knowing major medical conditions for your parents’ parents and siblings. You should also keep a list of all recent medical tests and their results.
- Keep a current list of all medications and medical conditions. Things can change quickly and frequently, so it’s important to stay on top of this information. If you don’t want to lug around a lot of paperwork, take pictures with your smart phone; that way you’ll always have the information at your fingertips.
- As your parent’s conditions change, keep written notes of their progress. Again, this kind of information can be kept in a notes program on your smart phone so everything’s all in one place. And make certain to follow-up with providers to make sure they do what they say they’re going to do. Don’t assume just because they say something, it will automatically happen. Things do sometimes fall through the cracks.
- Keep all family members in the loop and allow them to express their input. That includes your parent, to the extent they may be able to participate.
- Make sure your parent has all the necessary legal tools prepared and keep copies. An attorney specializing in elder law may provide the best legal help.
- Know what your parent’s financial resources are—those readily available, such as savings or checking accounts, and any investments or real estate they own.
- Learn what community resources are available for seniors.
- Take thorough notes when talking to resource providers about your senior. Notes should include the date you spoke and the name of the person you spoke with, as well as the gist of the conversation. Record the conversation if that’s easier.
- Recognize how you are feeling and take the necessary time for yourself. That might include finding a caregivers support group, or asking for help from siblings or family members. Remember: If you are not well – physically or emotionally – you certainly can’t provide the proper care needed for your parent.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of caregiver services in Jensen Beach, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.
We are licensed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration in Florida. As a licensed nurse registry, we refer private duty caregivers to clients in need of personal care services and assistance with every day activities. We are providers of medical and non-medical health care services.
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