by michellerogers on June 11, 2009

Following, from the National Association of Triads, Inc. and the Home Instead Senior Care network, are ways that family caregivers and Home Instead CAREGivers can help protect seniors:

Release of Information. Determine third-party individuals such as physicians, attorneys, guardian, insurance company, etc. tha can work directly with the Home Instead Senior Care office to provide key details about the senior that are important to his or her care. Obtain their names and contact information.

Determine who is making health decisions. Is the senior making all the decisions about his or her health care and finances, or is the guardian, conservator or power of attorney making those decisions? Make sure that contact information is available.

Advanced directive/hospice. Does the senior have advanced directives that can instruct family members what his or her wishes are regarding medical care? Does he or she have a “Do Not Resuscitate” directive? Where are the instructions located? Does the senior have hospice services lined up? Contact names and telephone numbers for the above should be available in case of an emergency.

Incidental purchases. Determine the following: Will the senior provide  means of payments for all incidentals? Will he or she provide a signed check for all purchases? Will the CAREGiver use cash for incidental purchases from a petty cash account and provide the senior with receipts for all purchases?

Providing a safe environment. Is the senior’s home free from hazards that would cause injury or harm? Does the home contain any firearms or weapons Are all items of significant value safeguarded or catalogued for future reference? Is the home free of animals that would cause any harm to a CAREGiver? If the senior has narcotics on the premises, are they safeguarded?

This post along with previous post can assist you and your loved to make changes or modifications to increase readiness and overall protection.

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