How To Build a Caregiving Circle of Trust

Life in general, it’s all about team-work. But much more so when it comes to caregiving. 

Time and time again, the more frustrated and stressed out family caregivers I’ve worked with have been those that are going it alone.

The first thing is to get your head in the right place. This right mindset is the holy grail of caregiving piece of mind.

So start with this thought ice breaker: You Don’t Have To Do it Alone!

Creating your own Ocean’s Eleven caregiving crew is the goal here.

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A group of people of different skills and circumstances who can help you deal with the day to day of caregiving.

Here’s how:

  • Recruit one or two family members (preferably people who got your back!) that can help you take respite at least once a week.
  • Find a dedicated and caring social worker. Even if you have to go through a few to find the one!
  • Hire a home care agency that can help you with both skilled/non-skilled help.
  • Create a list of nearby businesses that focus on senior care or that can make your life easier on the different aspects.
  • Get a transport option you can count on. 
  • Have your doctor-visit-day team ready and your day planned out.
  • Hire a Doctor who can make house visits.
  • Have at least one back-up person that can help in emergencies.
  • Connect with a travel agency that focuses on senior travel needs.

Depending on your circumstances you may not need all of these elements of your circle of trust team, but it’s a good start!
 

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claudioalegreClaudio Alegre is the Chief Content Writer for Angel Home Care Services on the Web and Patient and Family Advocate off the Web.  He lives in Miami with his wife and 3 boys. He’s passionate about healthcare and all things caregiving. He can be reached at calegre@angelhcs.com or directly at 305.220.4544

 

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We help families get the personal care services at home they need and deserve regardless of the insurance landscape or personal situation!

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Major Discounts Florida Seniors Didn’t Know They Could Get

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When I began to build this list a few months ago I thought I was going to make out like a bandit. I mean this is Florida after all… We have to be the capital of senior discounts right!

Well I wasn’t wrong, but what I didn’t expect was how all-over-the place and unverified this information was.

So I changed my strategy…

Instead of sourcing and vetting the information myself, I focused on finding the sources that already had the information. Now all I had to do was to verify them and share the info with you!

It took some digging but I found an amazing resource for senior discounts on a variety of categories… all in one place!

  • Discount Prescription drugs
  • Discount groceries
  • Discount restaurants
  • Discount travel
  • Discount retail stores
  • Discount cell phone plans

I’m going to share it with you in a second, but first let me give you some brief advice and a quick disclaimer.

The advice is, get familiar with this website and all the goodies they offer. Sign up for their newsletter, it’s free! –Plus it’s always better to have good information come to you, than having to go get it.

Also, check out the comment section, there are all sorts of hidden pearls of wisdom in it.

But remember, the internet is the water cooler of the world, verify everything you read before you take any action. Even though this site’s editorial team is super competent, always do your homework.

The disclaimer is that we’re not affiliated in anyway with anyone we point you to. This one included.

We do the research plain and simple, and if we feel they’re a keeper we share it with you, our readers, patients, and families. 

This approach helps us to stay impartial and focused on the raw value and practicality of these resources.

So here’s the link to the site. I broke it down for you by categories so you won’t spend any extra time figuring out where things are at.

Here you go!

Also, in case you haven’t already, don’t forget to check out our very own guide to in-home care services. Thirty three pages of pure gold nuggets on how to have your elderly parents properly cared for without going broke in the process.

I hope you find these resources useful. 

We’d love to hear from you. Drop your comments below, your feedback is always welcomed!

 

 

claudioalegreClaudio Alegre is the Chief Content Writer for Angel Home Care Services on the Web and Patient and Family Advocate off the Web.  He lives in Miami with his wife and 3 boys. He’s passionate about healthcare and all things caregiving. He can be reached at calegre@angelhcs.com or directly at 305.220.4544

 

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ATTENTION! Get Your Free Report on How To Get Help at Home for an Elderly Parent without going broke in the process!

 

We help families get the personal care services at home they need and deserve regardless of the insurance landscape or personal situation!

CALL:   305-220-4544   [Miami Dade Area]

1-877-746-8908   [For Out of Area Families]

How To Outsmart The Number One Caregiving Danger Lurking Around The Corner

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Susan’s day started the same way it always does. She got up earlier than usual to get a jump on the day. Got her Mom ready for the Adult Daycare Center. The bus usually arrives at 8:00 am sharp. Changed her Mom’s diaper, dressed her, fed her. Prepared her snacks, made her bed, cleaned up the room a little bit.

Spent some time talking to her while the bus arrived. Small talk, reassuring talk of what a great day she was going to have today. Alzheimers patients need to be around positive people and environments. [Read more…]

Don’t Leave Your Doctor’s Office Without Asking These 5 Critical Questions

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With slashing reimbursements, busy workloads, and less and less time to devote to face to face patient consult, physicians attention and focus have never been more compromised. Which is why we put together these 5 key questions to help you maximize the quality of the conversation with your doctor. Here they are: [Read more…]

When a Health Care Crisis Hits, Where Do You Start?

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Long Term Care Secret Guide

When a health care crisis hits, where do you start?

Initially you’ll be in shock and disoriented, but it’ll pass and then it will be time to gather and organize.

Every family situation is different, there are many factors that will dictate how you will start the process of caring for a convalescent spouse or family member.

One thing I’d like you know …you are not alone!

You will feel alone because this is the first time you are going through something like this, but listen to me …YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

There are incredible support groups made up of amazing people that you can get help and guidance from, seek them out. I’ll show you how shortly.

You may need information on organizing and developing a care plan, long distance care giving, family interactions, and emotional support for your other parent or family members. Other care givers may need information on legal issues, financial planning, and available housing options.

There will likely be medical questions, and confusion over Medicare, Medicaid and HMOs and what they covers. 

See our Family Long Term Care Custom Guide for tips on how to get the help you need even if your insurance won’t cover and you don’t have mega bucks to spare!

In a crisis situation, we recommend that you focus immediately on the following issues:

Care giver burnout: Relief and guidance can come from support groups, family service agencies, professional geriatric care managers, hospital senior services, adult day care centers, volunteer agencies, transportation agencies, friendly visiting services, peer counselors respite programs, and mental health associations.

Financial and legal planning: Your local Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) office, an elder law attorney, Social Security and Medicare offices, Social Services departments and the Legal Counsel for the Elderly office can provide information and referrals to professionals.

Home care: Home health care agencies, places of worship, senior centers, hospices, neighbors and friends, community college job boards, civic groups, and Family Service Agencies are all good resources. Check the Yellow Pages for other listings under Counseling Services, private geriatric care managers, the Red Cross, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hospice: Check the Yellow Pages under Hospice, Area Agency on Aging (AAA), hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Medical care: Contact your parent’s physician and other health professionals, mental health professionals, community mental health centers, hospital discharge planners or social workers, visiting nurse services, hospices, local and national medical associations, senior centers, family service agencies, adult protective services, and rehabilitation centers.

Nursing homes/long-term care facilities: Resources include hospital discharge planners, doctors and nurses, family and friends, community social service agencies, local or state long-term care ombudsman programs, the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission, and care management professionals.

We’ll be coming back to a lot of these topics in more detail in the next few days.

In the meantime grab our FREE Long Term Care Report – An elderly care guide for the times we live in! …and find out how you can start making sense of all this.

Stay informed and remember, your are not alone!

Claudio Alegre

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