Statistics support the idea that making caregiving decisions will be a commonplace occurrence for millions of Americans in the coming years. Factors like an aging population, increase in progressive conditions like Alzheimers or dementia, the prevalence of incidences of stroke and cancer, all point to the need for understanding how to navigate the care journey for your loved ones. 

 

Coming up with and implementing a care plan for your loved one or loved ones can be very challenging. The first step is understanding their diagnosis and clearly prioritizing their long and short-term needs. Diagnoses can range from general age related health concerns and conditions, to a specific diagnosis for a progressive condition like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, or cancer. Sometimes the diagnosis is layered with one or more issues like an existing heart condition, diabetes or severe arthritis with Alzheimer’s as well. These can create complications regarding specific care or caregiver needs. 

 

Next, is taking an honest look at your capacity for care – do you have a family of your own, young children, work, activities, social or community commitments? How far are you from your loved one? Do you have the time, support,  and mental/ emotional/ physical/ financial bandwidth to be able to care for your loved ones the way they need? The answers to these questions can be complex and not always straightforward. You might have the time if you make some lifestyle changes. You can help now but not in the future. You can help in the future but not just right now. You live too far away. You live close by but have an active lifestyle that will not allow you to be the primary caregiver. There may also be a sense of guilt or obligation – “I should be caring for my mom or dad”, but simply not being able to do so. In this regard, there is no right or wrong answer – simply, whatever works for you and your loved one. 

 

The last step is deciding on which care plan works best, and implementing it. This is the purpose of this guide – to help you understand the different scenarios that benefit from live-in care, and how to implement them.

 

Assess Needs

 

This is a multi step process which involves the following:

 

Discuss with Parents

 

 

Finding the Right Caregiver

 

Live-in care is a thoughtful and nuanced style of caregiving that allows your loved one to age in the comfort of their home, and an independent environment. They will receive personalized, quality care by caregivers who are experienced in supporting their condition. Live-in care also benefits couples who wish to age in the comfort of their home together. It is not a simple process, but with knowledge, careful planning, and working with an experienced in-home care company, it is a way to help your loved ones age with dignity. 

 

Care Mountain

 

At Care Mountain, we have over 17 years of focused experience providing in-home care and support for you or your loved ones across the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. Our thorough and extensive hiring process ensures that we work with experienced caregivers who understand the multiple factors that require in-home caregiving. 

 Our experience also helps us provide a nuanced and personalized level of care throughout Dallas and Ft. Worth areas. Caregiving is a full-time requirement that most family members cannot provide on a part-time basis. 

Care Mountain’s extensive network of in-home caregivers can provide support across the Metroplex across Plano, Allen, McKinney, Preston Hollow, Dallas, Highland Park, Fort Worth, Southlake, Arlington and many more. Contact us today to see how we can help provide support and 24/7 care to help you or your loved one navigate their journey of in-home care. 

2023-01-23 19:10:34

Practical Guide for Live-In Caregiving