By Michele Fan
While many people make aging-specific improvements in their homes with the goal to age in place, not many of them willingly admit that they need additional help when their health conditions change. Caregivers and healthcare professionals with concern over an older client’s safety in his/her existing environment can face reluctance from the client to make necessary adjustments.
Engaging family members of an older client/patient as care partners, in this case, will help healthcare professionals improve the quality of care. During the holidays, families often reunite for an extended period. This is an opportunity for healthcare professionals to address the issues an elderly patient is facing and assist families in planning extra care.
Discovering and Communicating the Need for Care
On December 13, Right at Home is sponsoring a web seminar, Discovering and Communicating the Need for Care, hosted by the American Society on Aging. We cordially invite healthcare professionals including social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, registered nurses, care managers and caregivers to join us and learn more about specific communication skills in engaging patients’ families to enhance health outcomes.
Dr. Diane Darby Beach is the presenter of this web seminar. A gerontologist with 28 years of experience in public health and elder care, Dr. Beach has a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in education. She is also an RCFE-certified trainer who provides caregiver training.
Helping Families Plan for Extra Care
For family members who do not live close to elderly loved ones, the holiday season is a time when they can observe the well-being of their older relatives up close. Unexpected insights of mental and physical decline in an elderly person can be overwhelming to anyone, especially long-distance caregivers.
Healthcare professionals can help family members to recognize the warning signs and indicators in the elderly patient—judging from their physical, financial and social behaviors—that suggest the patient may need further assistance to improve the quality of care.
The next step would be assisting family members to develop a plan for further care. If relocating to a care facility is not feasible for the time being, what are the other care options? What are the local resources? Can a professional caregiver offer in-home care and assistance to help an older patient?
Join us December 13 for a one-hour web seminar to find out more!