Whether home care is temporary following a stay in a medical facility or required for long-term treatment, having a plan helps both the recipient of the care and their family. If your family doesn’t have a home care plan, don’t worry – setting one up is simple, and professional support workers can help you and your elderly family member put one together!
What Is A Home Care Plan?
A home care plan is a document detailing the needs of a family member. These needs let them live at home or in a comfortable, familiar environment. Once these are determined, the plan coordinates the implementation of care so that everyone involved – professional caregivers, family members, and medical professionals – knows what to do when they must provide care.
A home care plan also ensures that everyone involved in someone’s life understands their needs and expectations. A routine can divide the tasks and responsibilities among those helping the family member so that everyone understands who will be taking care of what.
How You Can Start A Home Care Plan For Your Elderly Loved One
Many family members begin an informal home care plan based on their familiarity with and any observations about the loved one in question. These can be fine if the relative requires assistance, has certain medical conditions, only requires one in-home service, and acknowledges their limitations. However, this isn’t the same as a formal home care plan, which shouldn’t begin without the knowledge of the elderly relative. Bringing in care professionals or removing features from the home should never take place without the consent, approval, and foreknowledge of a loved one.
If your loved one requires more help than you or your fellow family members can provide, you should create a home care plan with professional guidance. They can pinpoint the services that will help them, including:
- Personal in-home training to enhance flexibility, range of movement and independence while reducing the risk of illness and improving overall health outcomes.
- Massage therapy to reduce pain and improve mobility and relaxation.
- Dietician services for a personalized diet and meal plan tailored to their needs.
- Regular companionship services that give them social and mental stimulation.
The home care plan also details the tasks family members are ready to take on for their elderly relatives. When both you and your elderly family members know who will be doing what, as well as when an external home caregiver will be coming, everyone benefits!
The Advantage Of Having A Professional Home Care Plan
A home care plan creates a predictable routine for your and those who help them. When made with a professional, the home care plan can have many advantages that improve overall health and independence while simplifying how they receive physiotherapy, personal training, massage, and other services.
Professional plans will also put your loved one more at ease. Acknowledging they need help can be difficult for some people, especially when they’ve been independent and thriving for decades. If you talk to them with a home care provider at your side, your relative can have a say regarding what services they want or need to receive. A professional may be able to assuage any fears they might have related to a perceived loss of independence!
If you want more information or are going by an informal plan and would like some help, please contact the Vera Home Care team. We can help you develop and implement a plan that meets the needs of your elderly family member and their specific condition.