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Need Directions On Caregiving?
Important Questions To Consider

HEALTHCARE

COUNCIL ON AGING - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

n Karen Fazio
When visiting a parent or loved one, have you noticed
their home isn't as neat and clean as before? Are there
unpaid bills, spoiled food in the refrigerator, expired
medications, or soiled clothes? Are you concerned
about these changes? If so, this may be an indication
your loved one needs assistance to remain at home.
It's never too soon to begin a conversation about how
your loved one envisions their future. This conversation
is an opportunity for you to discuss how you can participate in their future as a family member and potential
caregiver. As you begin this journey together, important
questions to consider include:
n Do you know how to begin a considerate conversation about the future?
n Is it time to arrange a family meeting that includes
your loved one?
n Does your loved one have a will or trust and other
related legal documents? Do you know where are
these documents kept?
n Is he/she managing bill paying and financial affairs
effectively?
n Does your loved one have an Advance Health Care
Directive in place?
n Are their medical conditions documented and a
healthcare binder with medical history established?
n Who are their physicians, and what is their healthcare insurance?
n What medications are they taking and why? Is there
an adequate medication management system in
place?
n How are your loved one's finances handled, including bill paying?
n Have you completed a home safety checklist?
n How is their mobility? Is your loved one at risk of
falling? Are assistive devices such as a cane or walker
needed?
n Is your loved one capable of safely driving independently?
n Is he/she observing good hygiene and medical care,
including bathing, dental care, and vision care?
n Can your loved one safely shower or bathe alone?

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n Does your loved one have consistent and timely
sleeping habits?
n Is your loved one eating regular nutritious meals?
n Is an emergency monitoring system needed?
n Is a list of emergency numbers (including yours)
posted in a visible location in large print?
As you explore answers to these questions, consider
the importance of "trust...yet verify." In some cases a
loved one doesn't want to admit they need help, because
they fear leaving their home, or are concerned about being a burden. Yet, as a family member or caregiver, your
thoughtful, compassionate, respectful care is just what is
needed.
Local Resources:
n Council on Aging - Southern California:
www.coasc.org
n Caregiver Resource Center: www.caregiveroc.org

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