Making a checklist is a viable way to make a decision about becoming a in-home family
caregiver. This decision will most likely be for the remainder of your loved ones
life. There are many points that must be covered by the family caregiver. This means
you have decided against hiring Companion Care Givers, In Home Healthcare Companies,
Adult Day Care, Assisted Living Or a Nursing Home. A Family Caregiver Checklist and
information on Using the Family Caregiver Checklist
(1) Ask your Love one what they want and what their expectations are. Always asked
your love one to repeat their answers so there can be no confusion later. Be sure
to put all the information writing so you as the caregiver and the individual totally
understand what is expected. This will also clarify to both parties what was originally
agreed upon thus reducing the likelihood for conflict.with
(2) Where will they live? If you and your loved one have decided to live together
you must decide whose home you will live in. Will it be in your home or theirs. Usually
the senior art person requiring the care will be more comfortable in their own home.
This will be one of the most difficult decision for the two of you to make. It is
also the most important decision...
(3) Create a support group Make a list of family members and friends who will be
willing to help with some of the care. Meet with each of them and find out what commitment
they are willing to make to assist you in this undertaking. Even a small commitment
of one day a month can be of immense help for you. Don’t turn down any help.
(4) Medical needs Make a list all medications and ailments of the loved one. Visit
with all their doctors and find out as much as possible what care is actually needed.
This can be very trying to both you and your loved. Have patience.
(5) Discuss all finances. Find out exactly what your loved one’s expenses and income
are. You may want to set up automatic bill pay for some of these. Be sure to keep
your love one continually involved.
(6) likes and dislikes. Try to find out what your loved one prefers in food, music,
TV shows, worship and room temperature etc.… (We have found out these likes and dislikes
often change with age and from medications)
(7) Compatibility Mom or Dad are always agreeable and easy-going. Not necessarily.
As we age we have a tendency to be less tolerant. Often medications can be to blame
but whatever the cause be prepared for a certain amount of conflict.
(8) Meet with family & Siblings You have accepted the responsibility of carrying
for your love one. It is best to meet with other family members and explain the choices
your love one and yourself have made. Ask for their input (especially your spouse).
This may help to avoid future conflicts.
(9) Making the Decision It can be difficult watching your loved one deteriorate with
age. Too many times we place them in nursing homes. The problem is out of sight is
out of mind. We are so busy trying to live our own lives we neglect those who are
most special to us. You will not regret caring for the person who has cared for you
and always loved you. Good luck and God bless…