How to Create a Care Plan for Your Aging Loved Ones

Mental Health in Senior Adults
May 3, 2021
nursing care plan

Providing care for an aging loved one can become a reality slowly over time, or it can become necessary suddenly due to an accident, new diagnosis, or hospitalization. Whatever your situation may be, it’s always a good idea to approach the role of caregiver in an organized, open, and honest way. 

Planning ahead will allow you to have more time to make decisions since you are being proactive rather than reactive. This will help reduce stress, minimize last-minute scrambling for solutions, and may help relieve financial strain.

At USA Healthcare, whether you come to us with a care plan for your loved one or if you need help getting started, we will do our absolute best to honor your wishes and those of your aging loved one.

Creating a Care Plan for Your Aging Loved Ones

A care plan is a document to record needs, actions, and responsibilities. It can also help you manage risk and outline contingency plans so that patients, family members, caregivers, and other health professionals know what to do on a daily basis and also in the event of a crisis.

A good care plan should be created in consultation with your aging loved one, his or her doctor, and your family members. You are basically creating a road map for care between medical professionals, professional caregivers, family, and loved ones. The document ensures that everyone involved understands the needs of the senior adult and the best ways to meet those needs.

Here are some of the questions to consider when developing your loved one’s care plan:

  • What is the current state of your loved one’s physical and mental health?
  • What are your loved one’s wishes for care? 
  • What are the wishes of you and your family members related to your loved one’s needs?
  • Does your loved one need medical assistance, such as administering medications or changing dressings?
  • Does he or she need assistance with day-to-day chores, such as meal preparation or housekeeping?
  • Does your loved one need personal care, such as bathing assistance?
  • Has your loved one had frequent falls or a concern with balance in the recent past?
  • Does your loved one have mobility issues in the home? Are stairs a concern?
  • Are any of these home care needs temporary with the hope/expectation that your loved one will likely get better in future? Or do you envision the situation worsening and requiring more assistance?
  • Does your loved one require any equipment or supplies, such as a wheelchair?
  • Does your loved one have any dietary requirements or needs?
  • What social interactions is he or she involved in, or are there activities they miss?
  • Does your loved one have long-term care insurance?
  • What is the budget for care?
  • What are the outcomes your family wants to achieve for your loved one?
  • What support does your family need so they can continue providing care but also have time to lead their own lives?
  • Does your family need respite from caregiving?

Let USA Healthcare Help You Care for Your Aging Loved Ones

The last few questions above are important for you as the caregiver. Your quality of life should be a factor as well. You should not have to coordinate and execute all these tasks without help, and that’s where we can come in to help with our USA Healthcare health and rehabilitation facilities. 

As you consider all of the resources at your disposal, remember that we are a resource and we are here to help. We can help meet many of the needs your loved one may have, including the need for social interaction, access to technology with our iN2L tablets, dietary needs, therapy options, and much more.

USA Healthcare: Your Family is Our Family

At USA Healthcare, we look forward to getting to know you and your family and helping you get the answers you need when it comes to the best care options for your loved ones.

Contact us at USA Healthcare to discuss our long-term and short-term care facilities and options. We’re here for you!