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Tips For When And How To Bring In Apex Healthcare

Imagine that you have just realized you may be responsible for caring for a loved one.  What should you think of first? You have a growing concern that in the near future your relative will need more and more of your assistance and time.  You are concerned because of your relative’s past and present medical condition, current living conditions or age.

Consult with a good lawyer familiar with disability and eldercare issues.  Find out about durable powers of attorney for health care and living wills; start the process to ensure that the necessary legal papers are in order.

Determine your financial options. Knowing financial status can help determine future health care choices. Determine monthly income from pensions and social security; learn about annuities, stock investments, long-term care insurance and bank accounts.

Have Apex Healthcare Services send an RN in for a free assessment to determine the number of hours you may need per day, the changes that should be made in the home to keep your loved one safe and the options you may have to pay for these services. Make sure all equipment is set up correctly and a care plan done so staff understands their role in the home. This alleviates many mistakes and later stresses.

These tips may help answer some questions you have about starting these services:

  • Start to think about services when you notice your relative not bathing on a regular basis, forgetting important daily activities, has a major medical change in health, does not remember to take medications properly, and needs assistance with personal care, grocery shopping, transportation, housekeeping and laundry.
  • If care is resistant, start very slowly, i.e. one or two hrs. per day to let your relative acclimate to new people. If Alzheimer’s or dementia is diagnosed, we have found consistent caregivers assist the client in being less reticent to accept services.
  • Make sure your relatives’ schedule and food choices are adhered to so there is no major disruption in daily routine. Give your relative as much say as possible about time of services and what kind of aide they would like.
  • If someone other than your relative will be paying for services make that distinction up front so money will not be discussed in front of your relative.
  • Bring in help if one spouse is taking care of the other spouse with major medical condition, i.e. Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s disease etc. More often than not, the capable spouse will succumb to exhaustion very soon. Bring in additional help if elder is diagnosed for hospice even if they have spouse.
  • Sometimes 4 – 8 hours per week is just enough to help with activities of daily living, grocery shopping, light housework, meal prep, and laundry when leaving hospital or rehabilitation to acclimate to home environment.
  • If you have long-term care insurance, it should be used before using annuities or other money saved for retirement.
  • XXX There is no beneficiary or cash value to long-term care once a consumer dies.
  • Sometimes grocery shopping, transportation or meal prep and laundry is all that is needed to help.  Even for younger people like a Mom or Dad who are ill, a minimal number of hours with meal prep and laundry will help keep them going during recuperation.

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