CARING FOR A LOVED ONE
IN YOUR HOME
DO YOU CARE FOR YOUR SPOUSE OR FAMILY MEMBER IN YOUR HOME?
Ann, 78, is a retired schoolteacher. Her two grown children live in different parts of the U.S. Ann talks to her 50-year-old daughter Kim almost every day by phone. Ann's 82-year-old husband Bill suffered a stroke four months ago. He was in the hospital, then in rehab for a month. Bill's limited rehabilitation support services in their home end next week. Once services end, Ann will be Bill's primary caregiver. As she weighs 101 pounds and Bill weighs 200, Ann is overwhelmed with the thought of moving her husband in and out of bed, the bath, and into a wheelchair. She tells her daughter Kim about her concerns, but is resistant to retaining a professional home care aide. Their daughter is worried for both her parents. She searches the web for information about how to help her parents at a distance, and also get part time home care assistance.
Do you struggle with caring for an ill or disabled loved one in your home? Your answers to the questions below, plus your name and email address, will help us offer no-cost ideas for your situation. The information you provide will be only shared with our professional advisors.
Please answer the following questions to help you find the best way to support your situation.
1. Who are you planning care for?
2. Loved one's gender?
3. Loved one's age?
4. Loved one’s Illness condition? Select all that apply.
5. Where are they receiving their primary care?
6. What are your major caregiving concerns?
o 24-hour care
x Bathing, dressing, personal care and hygiene
x Home safety
x Light housekeeping
o Loneliness and/or sense of isolation
o Nutrition and hydration
x Medication reminder
o Mental stimulation
7. What are your current caregiver or anticipated caregiver issues? Select all that apply.
o Lack of estate planning
o Lack of family support or family conflict
o Lack of available transportation
o Legal papers – includes power of attorney, medical directives, financial control
x Limited financial resources
x Monitoring from a distance
o Need to return to job
x Stress relief
x Time commitment and management
8. Other areas or issues you would like to add to your current situation. Please keep to 250 characters.