In order to determine the unique aspects of each client’s situation and needs, we conduct a thorough home visit with the senior and preferably with at least one other family member. This is a very important part of our process. There is a great deal of information that can be obtained about someone’s level of functioning from observing them in their home environment. We assess their mobility in the home (as well as how easily (or not) they can access the home from outside) and can identify safety risks as well. In addition to the information we gather from this observation in the home environment, we also collect medical and family history. Knowing what the medical diagnoses, medications, treatments are, what the informal (family and friends) and formal supports (agencies that provide help or services) are all help in determining the unmet needs. The more information we have, the easier it will be to make sure we develop the right care plan.
Families want to do the right thing, but often aren’t sure what the right thing is. The Eldest Daughter can help you figure out what that “right thing” is.
Adult children often live at a distance or are overwhelmed due to the other responsibilities such as careers or families/children. The Eldest Daughter can help share the burden by tag teaming with you, or to be the eyes and ears first hand and determine when an emergency long distance trip is warranted. A geriatric care manager like the Eldest Daughter can be especially helpful for long distance caregivers and caregivers who have exhausted all of their available work leave, but also helpful for anyone needing some extra guidance and help caring for their loved ones.
Family members are in conflict or there is dysfunction (where parents should live, safety vs autonomy, end of life decisions, spending, resistence by parent, suspected abuse or undue influence). The Eldest Daughter can help sort through the conflict with you to determine common goals and aid in effective communication. Together we comprise the “client committee”; the professional, the family and the client.