Elder Home Care Guide
The Elder Home Care Guide was created by our CEO and Co-Founder, Richard Weatherman, after his frustration with the lack of information and support available to families and caregivers about elder care.
You may have many questions or concerns as you grow older or take on the role of caregiver for an elderly loved one. The Elder Home Care Guide is a valuable document to help you find your way on your caregiving path. The Table of Contents below covers a plethora of important information including legal, financial, and long term planning for your elderly love one.
Empower yourself with knowledge so you can make the best possible choices for the special elderly person in your life.
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Table of Contents of the Elder Home Care Guide
Advance Directive Health Care
- Who Can Have An Advance Directive For Health Care?
- What Does An Advance Directive For Health Care Do For You?
- What Are The Types Of Advance Directives?
- Living Wills
- Health Care Power of Attorney
- Choosing Your Representative
- Understanding and Completing the Advance Health Care Directive Form
- I. Power Of Attorney for Health Care (Health Care Representative)
- II. Terminal Conditions (Living Will)
- III. Chronic Illness or Serious Disability (optional)
- IV. Special Directions (optional)
- V. Signing and Witnessing the Advance Directive
Long Term Health Insurance
- Types of Long Term Insurance Policies
- Revocable Trusts
- Irrevocable Trusts
Evaluating the Need for Care
- If a person cannot effectively do these activities of daily living then they need care and assistance
- Who are some of the prime candidates for home care?
Introduction to Eldercare
Understanding the Aging Process
Mental Changes in Aging
- Alzheimer's disease
- Parkinson's disease
Physical Changes in Aging
- Stages of deteriorating ability to walk
- Stages of deteriorating ability to see
- Stages of deteriorating ability to hear
Handling typical behavioral changes
- Disposition appears to have changed
- Attitude changes for no apparent reason
- Does not remember so they repeat the same questions over and over
- Has difficulty in recognizing familiar things
- Roaming around at night or seems to be looking for something
- Refuses to bathe and groom or claims to have already done so.
- Refuses to eat, eats very little.
- Wants things done immediately or wants caregiver to do everything!
- When the care recipient becomes combative.
Elder Care Basics
- Daily Routine
- Physical Effort
- Mental Exercise
- Grooming, Hygiene and Skin Care
- Methods of Dressing
- Emergency numbers
Preparing the home
Safety and Aids Check List
Choosing Health Care Services
Home Care Agency versus Hiring Direct
- Home Care Agency
- Hiring Direct
- Making your choice
- Home care services guide
- Professional Companion/Home Attendant
- Professional Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)/Certified Home Health Aid (CHHA) job description
- Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Hospice and Palliative Care
- Advance Directive for Health Care Form