Long distance caregiving slideshow

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This presentation is one of many available on senior topics to help families better understand the aging process and find resources to help their loved one remain safe and healthy in their home. To sign up for a workshop please contact our office. Note: Videos and manuals affiliated with this presentation are only available when attending the workshop.
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Long distance caregiving slideshow

  1. 1. LONG DISTANCE CAREGIVING BASICSWORKSHOP FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS Serving Jefferson & Clallam Counties Home Instead Senior Care®
  2. 2. OBJECTIVES FOR TODAY During today’s workshop, you will: – Learn how to determine if your senior loved one needs some assistance – Gain tips on what you can and can’t do from far away – Discover some ways to take care of yourself, including a “team” approach – Learn about solutions to manage long distance caregiving problems© Home Instead, Inc. 2010. This information is proprietary and confidential to Home Instead, Inc. Unauthorized use is prohibited
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION© Home Instead, Inc. 2010. This information is proprietary and confidential to Home Instead, Inc. Unauthorized use is prohibited
  4. 4. DETERMINING IF HELP IS NEEDED© Home Instead, Inc. 2010. This information is proprietary and confidential to Home Instead, Inc. Unauthorized use is prohibited
  5. 5. DETERMINING IF HELP IS NEEDED –DISCUSSIONFour scenarios:1. Sudden onset of a severe illness2. Your loved one asks for help3. You get a call from a concerned neighbor, family member or doctor4. Gradually notice signs that things just aren’t right
  6. 6. DETERMINING IF HELP IS NEEDED –DISCUSSION Assess the situation by these categories: • Medical conditions • Home safety • Mood & attitude • Signs of abuse or self-neglect • Driving skills7
  7. 7. WHAT CAN BE DONE FROM FAR AWAYDISCUSSION8
  8. 8. WHAT CAN BE DONE FROM FAR AWAYDISCUSSION Tips for long distance caregivers: • Create a care notebook • Arrange to communicate with your loved one’s healthcare providers • Make sure all of your parent’s estate documentation is in order • Gather local listings community services • Get permission to manage finances online© Home Instead, Inc. 2010. This information is proprietary and confidential to Home Instead, Inc. Unauthorized use is prohibited
  9. 9. TEAM APPROACH AND CARING FORYOURSELF© Home Instead, Inc. 2010. This information is proprietary and confidential to Home Instead, Inc. Unauthorized use is prohibited
  10. 10. TEAM APPROACH AND CARING FORYOURSELF – DISCUSSION Tips to prevent burn-out and overload: • Create a “team” to help in the caregiving process • Let your children, spouse, and employer know about your new caregiving responsibilities • Talk with your manager or HR department • Try to give yourself a break Know your strengths and set your limits. Be prepared for feelings of frustration and guilt.11
  11. 11. SOLUTIONS FOR LONG DISTANCECAREGIVING12
  12. 12. SOLUTIONS FOR LONG DISTANCECAREGIVING – DISCUSSION Plan ahead: • Create a care notebook, with “File of Life” on fridge • Prepare for an emergency trip • Consider hiring a geriatric care manager • Arrange for in-home care if needed • Do your research – senior centers, medical professionals, and the Internet© Home Instead, Inc. 2010. This information is proprietary and confidential to Home Instead, Inc. Unauthorized use is prohibited
  13. 13. TO US, IT’S PERSONAL ® TAKE ACTION! • What is my personal deadline for assessing the full situation? • What long distance caregiving strategy should I put in place right away? • What resources do I need to search, talk to, or meet with to help me take care of myself? • What can I do now to be ready in the event of an emergency?© Home Instead, Inc. 2010. This information is proprietary and confidential to Home Instead, Inc. Unauthorized use is prohibited
  14. 14. ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE – LOCAL OFFICE Personal Care Home Helper Services • Bathing & Toileting • Provide Alzheimer’s care • Dressing • Assist with laundry and ironing • Grooming • Take out garbage • Aid with morning and wake-up Companionship Services • Arrange appointments • Provide respite care • Aid with reading, walking • Monitor diet and eating • Write letters and correspondence • Check food expirations • Change linens • Assist with evening and tuck-in • And more… • Stimulate mental awareness • Assist with entertaining© Home Instead, Inc. 2010. This information is proprietary and confidential to Home Instead, Inc. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
  15. 15. Thank You! For additional information about this presentation or Home Instead Senior Care of the North Olympic Peninsula please contact your local office. Port Ludlow – (360) 437-9884 Port Townsend – (360) 385-6357 Sequim – (360) 681-2511 www.homeinstead.com/650© Home Instead, Inc. 2010. This information is proprietary and confidential to Home Instead, Inc. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

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