Home Health Aides/Caregivers
- A home aide will assist with personal care as needed – ADLs.
- A home aide will assist with household chores & driving- IADLs.
- Home Aides in Florida have a level II FBI background check.
- Home aides/caregivers are also companions against loneliness.
- In Florida, caregivers can touch a client to help bathe, dress.
Ask the Doctor
- If your loved one shouldn’t be driving – speak to their Doctor.
- Write down your questions for your next Doctor appointment.
- Your MD can write an order for in-home care– no hospitalization.
- Discharged from hospital, see your doctor within 7 days.
- Medicare does NOT cover non-medical home visits alone.
- Medicare Home Health (RN, PT, OT, ST) Benefits pay at 100%.
- A Registered Nurse helps with wound care, catheters, meds, etc.
- Learn who your parent’s primary doctor and specialists are.
- Check with MD or Pharmacists about multiple medications.
- A third of seniors over 65 who fall, do not return home.
- Physical therapy can help strengthen legs, improve balance/gait.
- Have a Home Safety expert evaluate your parent’s home.
- Install grab bars in shower – at entrance and on far wall.
- A grab bar near the toilet and by the bed can give support.
- Remove any chairs on wheels (kitchen) –they are a fall risk.
- Remove/tape down throw rugs or anything that causes tripping.
- Use a nightlight in the bathroom and on stairs.
- If you live alone, get an Emergency Response button.
- Check with a Physical Therapist to use a cane/walker correctly.
- Wear sensible, rubber soled shoes.
- Take caution over vanity – don’t’ play Russian roulette with hip.
Long Term Care Insurance
- Avoid surprises and review your Long Term Care Policy now.
- Check whether your LTC Policy has an “Elimination Period”.
- If yes, check how long it is, any ways around it.
- Learn what your daily LTC insurance benefit is.
- Learn what the “triggers” of your LTC insurance policy are.
- Who is your Power of Attorney? It doesn’t have to be family.
- Live alone? Consider giving a limited POA to a trusted person.
- Create your end of life Medical Directives/A Medical Surrogate.
- Create a DNR (do not resuscitate) order if that is your choice.
- Your “end of life” wishes must be written in a legal document.
- Remember, your will is read after your burial.
- Regularly update your Medical documents.
- Ask an Elder Law Attorney about a Trust to protect assets
- An Elder Care Attorney and Financial Planner are recommended.
- Responsibility for decision-making relates to mental capacity.
- Have a copy of your POA documents with their doctor.
Caregivers and Adult Children
- Caregiving is a full time job – you can’t do it alone, for too long.
- Caregivers are a high risk for stress overload–care for self, first.
- Caregivers, respite time is crucial, hire help, use Day Care.
- Spousal Caregivers, as a family situation, involve your children.
- Alzheimer/Dementia care can last years, you can’t do it alone.
- Use a weekly or monthly pill box to manage medications.
- Find out who your parent’s closest friend or neighbor is.
- Find out what Medications your parents are taking.
- Find out who their lawyer is and insurance agent.
- Know your parent’s Social Security and Medicare numbers.
- Know your parent’s date of birth.
- Know your parent’s policy numbers.
- Learn about Veteran’s Benefits–Aid & Attendance.
- Find out where you parent shops, how they cook.
- Learn about Senior Centers and programs in Senior’s area.
- Learn the difference between normal aging and illness.
- Depression can be treated and having a companion helps.
- If you live out of state, consider a Geriatric Care Manager.
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