Knowing that your senior is facing an emergent situation of some sort can be scary, whether it’s related to health or to some other aspect of her life. Getting the right type of help is vital so that you’re assessing informed choices rather than shooting in the dark. Even experienced caregivers can run into a wall when their elderly family member is facing a crisis.
Try to Assess Your Options via Care Management Professionals
A crisis is the worst time to start looking at the options you have available for your senior, but it’s really easy to end up in this situation. Lots of times caregivers and elderly adults put off having these conversations because they’re difficult. Working with care management experts allows you to see the full range of possible options so that you can start making educated decisions.
Do What You Can to Understand What’s Going on Right Now
You need to process a lot of information right now. If your senior is experiencing a medical crisis, that means that there may be some really big changes to your senior’s life and to yours. These changes may only be temporary, depending on the type of emergency you’re facing, or they may be permanent ones that are a little more difficult to wrap your brain around.
Get More Information about a Prognosis
If you don’t already have information about your senior’s expected prognosis, you need to start asking. This is information that will help care management experts help you to find the right solutions for your senior. Some of this information may not be what you want to hear, which makes having some unbiased help even more essential for you as you make difficult decisions.
Ask Questions about the Options You’ve Got
You’re going to be learning and hearing a lot about solutions that may be very new to you. If you don’t understand what those solutions mean or there are options that don’t make sense, ask questions. That’s how senior placement providers can help you the most, by demystifying this experience for you as much as possible. Give them the best chance to help you and don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions.
Ideally, you’re going to be able to access the help that you need from senior placement services quickly and navigate this crisis with your senior. Having help now can mean you’re even better prepared in the event of another emergency.