Advice for Caregivers With Seniors in Their Own Homes

Below is my Individual Plan of Caregiver services for watching seniors in their home for you, the hired private caregivers, or staff at facilities. It will spell out your loved ones’ total daily care and act as a blueprint for their well-being and safety as well as tips for caring for elderly parents at home.

You, and/or your caregivers will find it makes things easier to know the how, when, where, what, and why to keep your loved one comfortable, safe, and peaceful. Let’s keep things as calm as possible, and avoid the chaos and emergencies that caregiving can bring.  And I’m sure you will find my advice for caregivers watching seniors in their own homes very helpful.

Individualized Plan Of Care

  • Review their medication list
    I will call the doctor’s office if there are any contraindicated medications, or duplicate types of medications being administered. I may also possibly ask to change dose times, or dosages for the safety of your loved one.
  • Safety must be taught first
    I may ask the doctor for a physical therapist, or an occupational therapist assessment. They may recommend activities such as walking with a sit-down walker or transfer assistance, in order to help prevent falls during transfers.
  • Explore the options of medical equipment
    This must be done to help keep your loved one safe and to ensure their dignity and comfort. Equipment may include: a shower chair, wheelchair, three-way bedside commode, sit down walker, transfer board, or hospital bed.
  • Bathing should be instructed
    It’s important to evaluate the bathroom for safety and purchase equipment needed for safe transfers out of the bath or shower.
  • Bed care is prioritized
    This is especially important during extended time in bed to help prevent bedsores, aspiration pneumonia, urinary tract infections, constipation, etc.
  • Meal instructions
    Include diet, food choices and types, and/or instruction on how to feed your loved one. For example, know whether thickened liquids are needed to help prevent aspiration pneumonia.
  • Sleep amenities
    Learn how you can perform natural measures to promote restful and peaceful sleep.
  • Fall and safety precautions
    Learn how tab alarms, bed alarms, and baby intercoms can help keep your loved one safe.
  • Blood pressure and vital sign instruction
    Learn how to identify warning signs and parameters that indicate safe and unsafe.
  • Clarity regarding your loved one’s wishes for
    Resuscitation, Do Not Resuscitate (DNR), Full Code, feeding tubes and IV’s, hospitalization, etc.
  • Review my “Individualized Plan of Care”
    For your loved one with the administrator of your caregiver agency, assisted living facility, or nursing home to ensure everyone’s on the same page.
  • Bowel regimen
    Help prevent severe constipation and/or diarrhea.
  • Leisure activities
    Outline hobbies or routines that your loved one does to feel comfortable and they will need to continue.
  • Pain management
    Develop a plan of action in advance. Teach yourself and the hired caregivers non-verbal signs and symptoms of pain and when to give medications.
  • Pill organizers/pill boxes
    An easy way to keep medication management consistent. Set up a week or two of medication at a time, so you are no longer a slave to the bottles! There is also a lesser chance of missing doses or taking them twice.

When implementing my service plan, I suggest you have your caregiver read my book. Going through this plan step-by-step and making the decisions beforehand will allow your loved one to experience a smooth transition in care.

It will help you and your loved one stay organized and avoid crisis situations that may arise from changes in health or circumstance. Having a plan in place will help maintain a better quality of care and put you and your loved one on track for a peaceful, happy life.

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For those of you who are not interested in a full-blown individual plan but just looking for a monthly maintenance plan or help with medication maintainance, I can also help you with that too. Just click below to contact me to find out more.