Dealing with elder care can mean many things to many different people. For some, it could be a minor issue, a level of support that would supplement what they are doing for their loved one. For others, it could mean more direct health care at home, which can be important for those individuals who are recovering from any number of ailments, like pneumonia, a heart attack, stroke, or even broken bones from a fall.
Whether your loved one requires any form of elderly home care at this time, or it’s something that you want to consider for the future, it’s a good idea to get affairs in order as soon as possible. These affairs could range from financial information to medical history. Depending on your relationship with the elderly individual, they may or may not feel comfortable with you knowing or having access to some of their information.
No matter what the case, you need to make sure that they get their affairs in order as soon as possible in order to help ensure that the transition to elderly home care is as smooth as possible.
Financial accounts. Depending on the financial situation, you may wish to have at least an overview of your elderly loved one’s financial livelihood. If your mother, for example, is still clear and cogent and pays her own bills every month, then she may be reluctant to hand over any of her personal financial information. Depending on her health situation, though, it can make life a bit easier if things change in the future and she is unable to manage these affairs. You don’t want to press, but you want to help her understand that preparing for the future makes the present much better.
Wishes. Do you know what your loved one’s wishes are with regard to his or her long-term and short-term care? If you don’t, and they don’t have a living will, then it’s time to have this discussion with them. How they want to be treated and the level of care that you provide for them in the future could be completely different. Knowing about them now can have a significant impact in the future.
Know the people caring for her. Do you know who cares for the lawn? What about plowing? Do you know the local police and fire department numbers? Find out everything you can about these affairs so that in the event of an emergency you’re not spending half your time trying to track everything down.
The more preparation you do when you have the time, the less you’ll need to worry about in the future.