Facing Fear of Change
The truth is moving anywhere new is difficult for most of us, young or old. The idea of change is scary and often causes anxiety. It’s hard to change what you’ve known for so many years. We all know and understand how difficult it is for us to assist our parent or loved one to find the appropriate care setting. How do you know what they really need? What is best for them? This decision affects not only the individual who needs the direct care but also affects the spouse, adult children and often the extended family. No matter what care setting you choose there are several elements that you need to consider when hiring a team of caregivers in any care setting; in-home care, home health care, assisted living, respite care, adult day care, residential care homes or hospice care.
The elements to consider go way beyond the physical appearance of a care setting. More important to consider is the care team. Who are the caregivers? Can you meet them and talk to them? How involved is the management and the ownership? Are they directly involved with the residents and the caregivers and their doctors or health care team? Do they work at building relationships within the care team and family or do they follow a more administrative and hands off approach? Be sure to meet the entire team; owners, administrators, managers, doctors, nurses and caregivers you will be working with to get an idea of their motivation and commitment to you and your loved one in which ever care setting you choose during this last chapter of life.