Caring for Elderly Parents Checklist

Checklist – Caring for Elderly Parents

This guide and checklist will help families caring for elderly loved ones. We have included important to-do items that will help in dealing with the issues seniors and their families face.  This article covers: Determining needs, Receive Permission, Handy information to access, Knowledge of senior concerns, and Taking a break and Caring for yourself.

zack3Determining Senior’s Needs – Caring for Elderly

• Is your parent in need of assistance with shopping, cleaning, laundry, making beds, or yard work?

• Is your parent in need of assistance with bathing, dressing or grooming?

• Is she in need of assistance with grocery shopping, or meal preparation?

• Is your parent experiencing difficulty with memory, hearing, vision, or movement?

• Is it safe for your parent to drive or use public transportation alone?

• Does your parent have difficulty residing at home? Would modifications help improve safety?

• Is your parent in need of assistance with paying bills or managing finances?

• Does your parent need help with making legal and other important decisions?

Receive Permission

• Appoint a trusted family member for financial power of attorney to handle paying bills and financial decisions

• Identify a close relative to handle health care decisions with a medical power of attorney

• Discuss and execute a living will to define future life-support preferences

• Identify legal documents, policies, and accounts and have safety deposit box access

• Document your senior’s wishes: funeral preferences, songs, cremation, finances, medical preferences

• To make legal decisions, utilize a durable power of attorney

• Consider who to add to mortgages and deeds

Handy information to access when Caring for Elderly

• Copies of identification records: including, driver’s license, social security, and military ID numbers

• Copies of Insurance documents: including medicare, or medicaid info, supplements, long-term care policy

• Document medical history: include known allergies, medications, past surgerys and procedures

• Geriatric doctors: contact information including names, address, phone numbers

• Locate vital records including: birth certificate, marriage license, spouse death certificate, divorce decree

• Identify trusted providers, including: financial advisor, lawyer, accountant, clergy

• Update address list of family, friends, neighbors, and religious members

• Document financial records, including: checkbook, account numbers, tax records, investments

• Contact insurance agent for review on medical, life, homeowner’s, long-term care, auto

• Review and update legal documents inlcuding: powers of attorney, will, health care directive

• Locate deeds on properties including home, vehicles, or boat title

• Identify household records, including: mortgage, tax records on property, apartment lease

• Discuss final wishes including: burial, funeral pre-planning, organ donation, estate distribution

Senior Concerns

• Your parent wants to continue to make as many decisions possible

• Your parent wants you to respect her independence

• Your parent wants to talk to you about their desires, concerns, and frustrations

• Your parent wants you to have reasonable expectations of what can be done independently

• Your parent wants you to be patient, loving, and show compassion while you are being responsible

• Your parent wants you to make good decisions that are in the best interest of your parent’s needs

Take a break…and care for yourself

• Take a break and do something you find enjoyable for yourself

• Recognize when you are getting tired and you need to take a break

• Don’t feel guilty when you take a much needed break

• Utilize other family members, support groups, and experienced caregivers

For a detailed assesment about caring for elderly, take our senior-elderly needs assessment.

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About Zack McConnell

We have found that the elderly, with a care and assistance, can lead a healthy, safe life in the comfort of their own homes. At Approved In Home Care, it is our goal to help you or your loved enjoy the benefits and independence of remaining in your own home; in a familiar safe and comfortable environment for as long as possible.

At Approved In Home Care we provide highly qualified in-home caregivers to seniors and the elderly who need help or assistance. Approved In Home Care is an accredited Personal Assistance Service by the State of Texas and The Department of Aging and Disability Services, with access to recognized experts in senior care and care for the elderly.

At Approved In Home Care we provide our staff and clients the most modern and updated educational resources available. This allows us to provide the highest quality of care services for seniors and the elderly in Dallas, TX and the surrounding communities.

Approved In Home Care has the advantage of being a family owned, local owned and operated non-franchise business in the Dallas, Collin, Denton, Rockwall and Grayson counties. When you contact us you will talk directly to one of the owners or one our select and highly trained care managers.

You’re loved one may only need a little extra help around the house for few hours each week or possibly they may need around the clock 24 hour attention, Approved In Home Care is the answer. We build a custom care plan around your specific needs.

If you have a family member who could benefit from assistance by a caregiver that is trained to provide elder care services in Dallas, TX contact the staff at Approved In Home Care.

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