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Why You Should Schedule a Senior Care Assessment to Determine Care Needs

One of the most fascinating things about human beings is that each and every one is completely unique, and that doesn’t change simply because of age. As we age, we remain the unique and intricate people that we have been our whole lives. Assuming that all seniors will act the same and have a need for the same things is a cookie cutter approach that simply will not work for seniors or those who take care of them. Providing care to older individuals requires a creative and thoughtful approach that allows the caregiver to get to know the senior and their particular needs. This information can help determine the best plan of care to keep the person healthy and safe at home. This is where a senior care assessment comes in. Just as there are a number of different types of people with a variety of needs, there are also numerous different kinds of in-home senior care services and providers. Understanding what types of services, or combinations of services, are ideal for an older family member can help the person live a happier, healthier life at home. Working with a trusted elder care provider like Dakota Home Care is also incredibly important. When it’s time to obtain home care services for a loved one, a senior care assessment for daily function, depression, and mental status is a critical step that a high quality home care service company will provide to identify which sorts of services are suggested for an older adult. What’s the Purpose of a Senior Care Assessment? A senior care assessment is intended to: Outline all of the concerns and challenges that an older adult is experiencing Develop a care plan to recommend solutions for recognized issues Evaluate an older person’s access to supports that can help them

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Caring for Elderly Loved Ones Who Don’t Live Near You

If you live an hour or more away from your aging loved one who needs help, you can probably consider yourself a long-distance caregiver. Even though distance makes it more difficult for you to participate in your loved one’s care, there are resources and tips that can help to make it easier. Even if there is a family member or other caregiver nearby, or your loved one lives in a care facility, there are many things you can do to provide emotional support and even help with care needs via the phone, email or during infrequent visits. What can I do? Too often, family members who live out-of-town assume there is nothing they can do to help, leaving a close-by caregiver to feel overburdened and alone. Because this person might not know what they could delegate to you, taking the initiative yourself and volunteering to do things you know you could do can be a big relief. For example, I have a not-so-nearby sister-in-law who volunteered to make regular visits to Dad in his assisted living apartment, assess his needs for personal products, favorite snacks, medical supplies, comfortable pants and other things she could shop for and bring to him. Not having to worry about whether or not he had enough incontinence products, as well as these other things on hand was a huge help to me. Here are some ideas to get you thinking about what you could do to help, even from a distance:  Ask How You Can Be Most Helpful Be sensitive to the feelings of any caregivers already on the job. Compliment them on what they are already doing, and then ask them and the care recipient how you can be most helpful. Talk to friends and neighbors who know your loved one to see if

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