Published On: August 17, 20225.3 min readCategories: News & Updates

Changes in Ability

Many seniors are unable to do simple daily activities such as bathing, walking, transferring, grooming, toileting, dressing, using the phone, taking medicines, or managing money require assistance. Professional senior care partners are well-versed in providing personalized care services that fit the needs of elders and can assist them in living a more fulfilling life.

Senior care partners take a strengths-based approach to their care management plan, which will concentrate on assisting the client in achieving a sense of greater independence for a longer period. After all, that is what most elderly people want and deserve.

Family Living at a Distance

Families might live far away from one another, making it difficult to give the required assistance and support to the senior. They can better assist by employing a professional senior care partner to:

  • Develop and implement a care management plan
  • Oversee progress and communicate with family
  • Provide ongoing supervision 24/7 in case of emergency
  • Be your professional local eyes and ears

Driving Concerns

Discussing driving concerns can frequently become emotional, resulting in standoffs. That’s because most seniors dislike being told what they can and can’t accomplish, particularly by their children. Many seniors think that giving up their car is similar to losing their legs; they feel that if they aren’t allowed to drive and lose a sense of independence.

Fortunately, a senior care partner can provide a unique viewpoint. They have the knowledge and experience needed to best speak about driving in a less emotionally charged manner. They can offer real-world solutions to concerns about safety and offer transportation options to assist seniors in enjoying life beyond their home.

Medication Adherence Issues

Taking medications as ordered is critical to good health. However, determining if a loved one is taking the correct medicines at the appropriate intervals and dosages might be challenging. A senior care partner can assist by:

  • Confirming the medication list with a primary physician
  • Establishing a prescription fulfillment schedule
  • Organizing the medications in an easy-to-access system
  • Setting up a system to remind, verify, and document the medications as prescribed

Social Isolation

A skilled senior care partner can help loved ones cope with social isolation by keeping them connected to the individuals they love and the activities they like most. They also take time to understand what hobbies and pastimes were once important, how difficulties are getting in the way, and how, through adaptation, the senior may re-engage in those activities if possible.

Family Discord

Family members may disagree on how to give the best care for a loved one, which can lead to family issues. The dispute might become a stumbling block that prevents the senior from getting good care. A senior care partner can provide an objective professional opinion of the circumstances and assist in the discussions that result in a long-term treatment plan.

Senior care partners use their training and expertise to understand and handle complex family issues in order to de-escalate emotionally charged confrontations while maintaining everyone’s attention on the senior’s requirements.

Hospital Discharge

When a loved one is in the hospital there are many questions regarding care that need to be answered. Where will your loved one go? How can you be sure they’ll get the required follow-up and rehabilitation treatment?

Unfortunately, developing a post-discharge plan may be stressful, perplexing, and rushed. When family caregivers are given a list of centers or caregiver agencies and told they only have a few hours to pick one, they frequently rush into their selections.

A senior care partner can help you through the discharge procedure to assist with making decisions and receiving access to all required services. Medicine supervision, arranging appointments with doctors, and confirming that all necessities, equipment, and services have been started are some of the responsibilities performed by senior care partners.

Caregiver Burnout

Caregiver burnout is reduced by employing a senior care partner, who focuses on solutions that benefit the senior and involved family members. They can assist you in arranging regular respite care so that you may rest, socialize with friends, or do anything else other than provide care. They can also enable access to various helpful resources and education.

New Diagnosis

When someone gets a new diagnosis, everything in their life is turned upside down. Their minds are filled with questions and concerns about what lies ahead. Having a senior care partner on hand is a tremendous comfort, not just as emotional support but also as a professional viewpoint to assist with the news.

Senior care partners have a thorough understanding of the medical system, which means they can educate you about what’s going on with your elderly family member. They’ll work with you to get your queries answered, establish a follow-up plan if necessary, and start the treatment plan in sync with all required services and resources to ensure the best care possible.

Cognitive Decline

When family members are unable to be an active partner in the process, caring for a senior with diminished intellect presents unique difficulties. Physical assistance is one of the challenges, as is acknowledging that help is required, and planning and making decisions about care. It’s been dubbed the “36-hour day” because of the demanding amount of care and diligence needed. Senior care partners can help with providing proper care for seniors experiencing cognitive decline or related illnesses.

Facility Placement

Care partners for seniors assess viable housing alternatives based on their clients’ requirements, preferences, location, financial resources, and service choices. They can assist with everything from scheduling a moving company to coordinating with new local doctors, pharmacies, and other health services once your family has chosen a facility.

Resistance to Care

Some older people are resistant to the care they require. Senior care partners specialize in working with seniors who may be unwilling to accept treatment. Their education helps them understand why the individual is resisting and how to overcome it using a variety of techniques.

Loss of Spouse

Spouses help one another in a variety of ways, and when one passes away, it might be difficult for the surviving spouse to continue living as independently as he or she did before. It’s natural for family caregivers to take charge immediately after a significant loss like this in order to be responsible members of the family. A senior care partner can help seniors navigate through these difficult times and best assist with what to do next.