More often than not, families start to plan for family caregiving when they are in the waiting room of a hospital, discussing what to do with Mom or Dad. In times like this, emotions are high, family members are stressed and trying to have this difficult conversation makes for strained relationships. Combining an extreme sense of urgency with emotional turmoil seldom makes for a clear mind to make good, lasting decisions.
But what if none of this is going on in your life right now? Mom and Dad are just fine; never better. So, why should you plan right now? Avoiding to common scenario above is only one reason you should plan for family caregiving before it’s time. Here are 3 great reasons to not leave the hard decisions to the minute before you need to make them.
Plan For Family Caregiving Because Health Insurance Won’t Cover Long Term Care
Unless your family member specifically has long-term care health insurance, do not look to regular health insurance to cover long term care, such as skilled nursing or memory care. The days of extended stay coverage is over. Insurance companies, now more than ever, are finding ways to keep patients where they actually want to be; in their own homes. This is what is referred to as the patient-centered health care model. As Baby Boomers continue to age, this type of care model continues to grow at breakneck speed.
Patients do better overall in places that are familiar to them. It is much more cost effective for health insurance companies to find ways to provide care in the member’s home, rather than a hospital setting. These days nearly and kind of medical professional can visit a patient’s home and receive excellent care. Visiting Nurse Association is just one familiar service to offer in-home nursing care all across the country. Physical Therapists, Respiratory Therapists and Professional Caregivers are able to provide their care while the patient benefits from the opportunity to both stay at home and get to know the people that care for them.
You Have A Say In What Care is Being Given And By Whom
For the family, it means that they have control over what goes on for care, where it is performed and who cares for their loved one. Many families feel much more confident in the care being provided to Mom and Dad when they are able to meet medical and care professionals and see how it is being delivered. For issues that may arise with care and comfort, they can be addressed readily. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.
For the family members being actively involved in what kinds of services will be provided, how often, and who will be visiting their loved one regularly to check on care, a plan for family caregiving done ahead of time alleviates bad feelings between family members and miscommunication. Planning ahead of time voids heated discussions about commitments and responsibilities with caregiving, and what is being shared among the family members. With a plan in place that everyone can live with before they have to, all involved are freed of the drama of planning when disaster strikes. A pre-planned course of action simply gets acted upon as the need arises.
Your loved one will be happy to know that their family members have already decided who will do what is needed. The burden of worry is lifted, leaving your loved one to focus on other things rather than, “What will happen if I get sick?”
You Get To Decide How You Will Coordinate Care Among Family Members And Professionals
How many times have miscommunications between family members unraveled in a flurry of email exchanges when stressful situations are brewing? Today’s family is no exception. Fear is a very effective motivator. When people don’t think they are being included or others are leaving them out, there tends to be a lot of tension. In times when communicating with professionals needs to happen and you are not there to do it in-person, there tends of be frustration on all sides. Don’t let family members and medical/care professionals miss out on opportunities to provide excellent care to your loved one. Collaborating effectively ensures this won’t happen.
eCare Vault is the first solution of its kind to put true care coordination in the hands of those providing it by allowing family and care professionals the opportunity to effectively communicate from the one thing no one ever seems to be without; a handheld device. Sharing documents and instructions, getting feedback from those providing care, and even sharing photos and notes between those in your loved one’s care circle is seamless. Less stress, more information and better confidence that your loved one is receiving the best care they can. What’s not to love?
Chances are you will need to have a conversation with your family about the care a loved one at some point in the future. That is something you can’t control. How easy the transition to from family member to care coordinator/provider is up to you. Don’t you owe it to yourself and your loved one to ready when the time comes?