As our parents or loved ones age, we want to make sure they are looked after well.
Whether they are still at home or in a nursing home, there is certain information that you should share with those whose job it is to look after them.
They should want to listen to you and work with you to put together a personalized care plan.
There are far too many stories of abuse in nursing homes – one thing to watch out for might be how well they are willing to listen to you and adapt their practice.
Most of these things should be asked of you when your loved one receives a new caregiver.
You should also be able to see that they involve them as much as they are capable.
When an elderly person is cared for, they must retain their independence and should be allowed to make decisions as much as they can.
This will keep them healthier and happier.
We discuss things your loved one’s caregivers should know, so your their care is a priority and followed, whether they are still at home or in a nursing home
Perhaps most obviously, the caregiver should know everything about a patient’s health.
What medications they take and the conditions they have.
And also, any allergies or intolerances.
They should also know what they can do on their own, as they must promote their independence.
This will help with your loved one’s care.
Can they walk to the dining room on their own?
Can they eat on their own?
Can they dress?
Caregivers should only assist people as much as they need to be assisted.
The next big thing they need to know about is any preferences they have.
For example, would they prefer always to see female caregivers or just male caregivers?
Do they value their privacy, or would they prefer their door to be left open?
Would they prefer to be left to dress even if it takes them an hour?
Any preferences to do with their care should be shared and discussed so that when their care plan is made, it is tailored to them.
Other preferences might include what they like to eat or drink, what activities they might enjoy, whether they like to spend time outside, and how social they are.
Elderly people tend to like routine, despite a change in care, this routine should be disrupted as little as possible.
Perhaps they prefer to stay in bed in the mornings and read or stay up late and watch TV.
These may seem like small things, but they will allow caregivers to approach them at appropriate times and ensure that their life is disrupted as little as it can be.
Any caregiver should involve you and your loved one in their personalized care plan.
Which will let every caregiver who sees them know about their health, preferences, and routine.
To ensure your loved one’s care is a priority.
They should know the questions to ask so that you don’t even have to think about it.
But just in case, this is a good list to have in mind and might allow you to prepare for meeting a new caregiver.
A care plan is not rigid and changes over time as their needs and preferences change.
If you feel that your loved one is not getting the personalized help that they deserve, then you should reach out to the care team and share your concerns or get professional help.
It’s important to share information with your loved one’s caregiver.