Caring for elderly relatives

How to provide effective care for an elderly family member

Looking after our loved ones as they get older can be both rewarding and complex.

Whether you are caring for them in their own home or they are living in sheltered accommodation or other types of dedicated domestic provision, there are plenty of aspects to managing their care.  

If you are trying to ensure your relative is well cared for, here is a checklist to help you.

How to provide effective care for an elderly family member

Accommodation

Before you can look into any of the financial implications of caring for your loved on, it’s worth looking into the different housing options that are available. Take some time to discuss with your relative what they want from their accommodation. Do they want to stay at home or are they at a stage where assisted living could benefit them?  Where they choose to live can impact on their care, so this is a major consideration.

If they want to stay at home, it may be necessary to make some adaptations to aid with getting around more easily. Perhaps adding a handrail in the bathroom or adding some dedicated tech could be beneficial. It may be that you just need to make some simple updates to make it more comfortable for them.

If, on the other hand, it’s time to think about moving into a place where your family member can receive more support from specialists, there are several options available.

This could be a case of them moving in with you, moving into sheltered accommodation, or opting for assisted living or residential care. Take the time to work out what’s best for them and consider everything carefully, from the levels of care they need to how much alternative accommodation will cost.

 

Financial Affairs

If you need to look after someone, you will likely have to undertake their financial affairs, especially if they have dementia, are becoming confused, or have physical disabilities. In this case, it’s important to understand what may be required of you, as well as having a discussion with your loved one to help them to understand why they may need some help managing their money.

One of the most significant steps you can take to help them financially is to become their Power of Attorney. This means that you can apply to be granted legal permission to oversee their finances, allowing you to manage their money day to day.

 

Transport

Being able to get out of the house can be crucial for a person’s well-being. By having carefully adapted transport to suit different needs, you can help your relative continue to be active. For example, if you have a car that can accommodate a wheelchair easily, you could potentially be opening up doors for them.

Similarly, care homes and other dedicated provision for the care of the elderly that provides transport that means residents can spend some time away from the care home can be the perfect way to keep your relative active and engaged. Look out for care homes that offer dedicated minibuses, such as those from Allied Fleet.

 

However you choose to care for your loved one, you’ll find that there are plenty of options available to help you.

 

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