Once we have obtained a clear picture of what the needs are from the information we gather we can begin to develop a care plan to meet the elder’s needs. It could be as little as identifying a family member to do the weekly grocery shopping, or locating an agency that could provide scheduled personal care as often as every day. Maybe it means contacting an elder’s church to provide rides to church services or events. We assess every aspects of an elder’s life so that we can best meet their needs, through creative care planning, to remain and independently as possible, as safely as possible, for as long as possible.
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.