As we age, we continue to be the unique and complex individuals that we have been our full lives. Assuming that all seniors will act the same and require the same things is a cookie cutter approach to care that just will not work for older adults or those who take care of them. Caring for aging adults requires a thoughtful and tailored approach that allows the caregiver to understand just who the individual is and what their particular needs are. This helps to craft the best personalized plan of care to keep the individual healthy and well at home.
In the same way that there are a number of different types of people with varying needs, there are also a variety of different types of in-home senior care services and providers. Knowing what services or combination of services work best in a personalized plan of care for an aging loved one can help the individual live a happier, healthier life at home. Partnering with a top-rated elder care provider like Heaven at Home is also incredibly important.
When it’s time to explore home care services for a loved one, a geriatric care evaluation for daily function, depression, and mental status is a crucial step that a high quality home care service company will provide to determine which sorts of services are advised for an older adult.
A geriatric care assessment is intended to:
- Evaluate all of the concerns and difficulties that an older adult is experiencing
- Create a plan of care to recommend interventions for recognized issues
- Evaluate an older person’s access to supports that can help them safely continue to live at home
- Determine care needs and the frequency of care that should be provided
After completion, a geriatric care assessment can lead to:
- Improved health outcomes
- Understanding changes in health before they develop
- Improved quality of life
- Postponing the onset of impairment
- Determining rehab needs
- Planning services to increase safety
- Saving on health care costs
- Determining a senior’s capability to care for himself or herself
- Identifying and correcting fall hazards
- Identifying early-stage disease
The home care provider should also make it a point to get to know the person receiving care during a geriatric care assessment – their life background, likes and dislikes, and personality. Care should also be taken to get to know the individual’s family better. Comprehending family dynamics, personal history, interests, and more can all help home care providers customize the care they provide for the unique people they serve.
At Heaven at Home Senior Care, we’re committed to supporting the freedom and dignity of every single person we serve. When health conditions and life stages result in the need for a little support or even full-time care, we know the changes that follow can be complicated, emotional and daunting. We can help you assess a loved one’s care needs and determine the best type of in-home care services to ensure the person maintains independence at home. If you need Frisco in-home care or care in the nearby areas, contact us online or at 940-380-0500 to find out more or to schedule your free in-home assessment.