You are exploring this new experience for the first time, and it takes courage to properly take on an endeavour as noble as caring for a loved one.
With this brand new life situation, you might be feeling a little worried, confused, or overwhelmed.
There is no way to avoid it, but managing your family's senior care needs for the first time can be a little challenging.
But whether you have the support of other family members, or if you are left to take this new journey all alone, there has never been a better time to equip yourself with the right tools and support to provide the ultimate care for your beloved senior.
Let's take a look on how we can help you manage your senior care needs.
Looking for personal support for your senior can be a life-shift, and you've finally come to terms that there has to be more done to help your senior that you care for.
The most important thing to remember is to realize that there are many solutions to a problem that you are facing, and that there are people here to support you.
Let's look at some of the ways that you can manage your senior care needs in a positive way.
You and your family will experience a shift in the family dynamic, and that means resources like time, energy, or finances will be allocated in new ways.
Keep everyone on the same page when moving forward, and do so by keeping some of these principles in mind:
Taking account of your seniors current situation is very important and it is vital to making sure you care correctly for your loved one.
There are many things to consider when looking at your families current senior care situation, and though there is a lot to consider, you can easily compile a list of important pain points you must relieve.
This is the awareness stage, and the main goal of the awarEness is to obtain access to more information.
The most effective way to obtain the highest quality of precision when it comes to understanding your current senior care situation, is by asking the specific questions that will provide specific answers to your problems.
And the questions must encompass every single area of life: Physical, Mental/Emotional, Spiritual, Familial, Resource/Logistical, Social, Vocational. Asking extremely specific questions in each and every single area of life, will properly prepare you by understanding the exact situation you and your family is in.
Missing a key piece of information can be the difference between okay care, and outstanding support.
We have developed the most comprehensive questionnaire, which has 764 questions to further deepen your understanding of your current senior care situation.
The most important thing to understand is that you cannot move forward with caring for your senior, unless you know the exact ways that they need to be helped.
It is important to look at the caregivers that will not only take care of the seniors that you love in your life, but also give you the peace of mind that you have been looking to receive.
Here are things to consider when weighing your options when looking for a caregiver:
This is one of the most crucial moments when deciding to commit to a caring company.
You can hear so much from other sources, but you will truly begin to understand a company's integrity once you receive care firsthand.
At Excel Care, we believe care consists of two components: Competence, and Compassion.
Competence is the ability to do something successfully or efficiently, and in relation to our care, it is the ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the caregiver. These are also known as the "hard-skills".
Compassion is the heart of what we do as caregivers. This is going above and beyond the call of duty, and to find the overlooked details of care, and to connect with our patients on a deeper level. These are known as "soft-skills", but at Excel Care, these are referred to as "Heart Skills"
When observing the care that has been received by any caregiver, it is important to use these two categories to distinguish between mediocre care, and Professional Care.
Here are some questions you can ask to determine if care has been done the right way:
Remember, you should not be working with an agency that locks you into a sort of contract. You should always have the ability to change agencies if the quality of care is not up-to-par with what you expected.
The last step is to reflect on the entire caring process that you have experienced, and see if this is a caring company that you can move forward with into the future.
You can ask questions to discover where
We understand this is a brand new situation that you and your family is experiencing, and there can be a bit of "overload" when it comes to information and ways to tackle this new problem.
If you feel like you would benefit by having a quick conversation with one of our care professionals, feel free to reach out to us to learn more about how we can support you.
Michael Walecki is the Communication Specialist at Excel Care Nursing Services. When he’s not serving clients, he's either reading books or cycling on some backroad in Milton or Caledon. He calls Mississauga, Ontario home.
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