Once we assess the needs, and determine the best care plan for your loved one, our assistance does not have to end there. The services we coordinate may be enough for a while, but if functioning declines we may need to add more. It also may be that we can cut back on the amount of help. If the original care plan we created was to meet the needs of an elder just returning home from a rehab stay, it is quite likely that as the elder regains strength and gets re-acclimated to the home environment, that we can cut back on everyday help.
It is helpful to schedule regular intervals for brief check ins to make sure the amount of care in place remains consistent and appropriate. We can determine what level best meets your family’s needs and budget.
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.