It’s something that nobody, on either side, really wants to discuss. And yet, it is the most important conversation you will have with your loved ones about how to care for them in their old age, especially if your family has a history of dementia and other related issues. There are several very important steps that you need to take with your loved ones as soon as possible to ensure they get a say in how they are cared for given the circumstances, and to ensure that you are able to take care of them as well.
Set Up a Power of Attorney
One of the first things you should discuss with your loved ones is a power of attorney (POA). This allows you, in case your family member is unable to communicate or make informed and logical decisions about their care, to step in and help make some of those decisions for them. Make sure to discuss the rights you and your loved one have under a power of attorney to make sure that you not only have access to their bank accounts to help pay for their care, but that you also have the right to aid in making medical decisions for them. And remember that having a power of attorney doesn’t strip away anyone’s rights, but simply allows another person to be able to make decisions and payments on their behalf.
Consider Home Care
Only in case of a massive stroke or an accident will someone go from complete independence to a need for constant care. In many of those other transitional cases, especially where your loved one is only suffering from mild dementia and forgetfulness, an in-home nurse or companion can help them without disrupting their daily routine too much. Whether it’s someone to supervise medications and be there to help with diabetes management, or if it’s as simple as helping them make a grocery run, home care can be an excellent substitute for a full nursing facility or simply ease the transition process.
Tour Nursing and Memory Care Facilities
When your loved one’s mental health is starting to worsen and their alzheimer’s or dementia care has to increase to properly meet their specific needs, start touring some of the local facilities to see what works best for everyone involved. While your loved one may be belligerent or initially unwilling to move, try to get them comfortable with the idea by establishing friendships with other patients or the staff as soon as possible. The less of a shock it is for them, the better they may be able to adjust if and when they need to relocate. Contact Capital City Nurses at 1-866-687-7307 to know more. You can also connect them on Facebook.