Even the closest families can run into care management problems for someone they love. If that describes your situation, there may be some issues you’re running into in regard to senior care. Having some expert help in figuring out what care your senior needs and what else needs to happen can give you all a leg up on making sure your elderly family member is in good hands.
Care Solutions Don’t Make Sense
When you’re not immersed in caregiving and all the available care choices out there, they can be really intimidating. It’s difficult when suddenly your elderly family member is in need of much more care and you’re not sure where to turn. In those types of situations, you may need some more assistance, but in a slightly different format than you originally thought.
The Family Is Spread out and Your Senior Needs More Care
It’s even more difficult when you and other family members are spread across a larger distance and your senior needs a lot more care in a hurry. You and other family members may not be able to uproot your lives and take over her care immediately. That can present a huge logistical problem that you have to overcome, especially if that distance crosses multiple state lines.
No One Has the Time or the Experience to Run Point
Something else to consider is that these types of situations usually work best when one member of the family is able to be the primary family caregiver. But it might be impossible for one or even a couple of family members to take point on the situation. That can mean that the entire situation feels far more chaotic than it should, but there is a solution.
Your Senior Has Been Diagnosed with Dementia
Dementia brings with it some special considerations and most families are not prepared for the changes that it can create. Some of the behaviors associated with dementia, such as wandering or personality changes, can be upsetting. Having someone involved with your senior’s care who has her best interests at heart and who understands the types of care available is invaluable.
Care management professionals can be the link that your family is missing in your senior’s overall care. They can help you to navigate all of the confusing options and decide what’s best for your elderly family member and for your entire family so that you can continue to give her the best quality of life possible.
If you’ve already got a caregiving binder that contains a lot of this information, it might be easier to just bring that with you to your appointment. Your care management consultant can help you to sort through what’s vital for this process from all the information you’ve already collected.