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How to Deal with an Elderly Loved One’s Worsening Health

Elder Care in Coconut Creek/Parkland FL

Watching an elderly loved one deal with worsening health is difficult for family caregivers but it’s something that happens all too often. If you can set up a plan for yourself before this happens, youElder-Care-in-Coconut-Creek/Parkland-FL might feel a little more prepared.

 

Talk to His Doctors

The first step in dealing with your loved one’s health, worsening or otherwise, is always to talk with his medical team to get the fullest picture of what’s going on. Once you have all of the information that you can gather, you’ll be in a better position to make decisions for your loved one’s care and you’ll be better able to care for him.

 

Stay in Tune with Reality

It’s tempting sometimes to believe that things for your loved one are better than they really are but you can also go too far the other way and start believing that things are worse than they actually are. Getting all the information that you can helps you to stay grounded in reality for your loved one.

 

Talk Openly and Honestly with Other Family Members

Your loved one’s other family members need to know what is going on, particularly if his health is drastically worse. Share what you can with them openly and honestly and answer any questions that you can for them. The sooner that you can have this conversation, the better. If loved ones are far away, try making use of technology to keep everyone informed at the same rate with the same information.

 

Remember that Pain or Medication Can Make Changes

Pain and changes to your loved one’s medication can cause changes you weren’t necessarily prepared for. Your loved one might react differently than he normally does or he might say or do things that aren’t in keeping with his normal personality. It’s important to prepare yourself for that eventuality and to be as compassionate as you can about the situation. You may also need to prepare other family members for these changes.

 

Let Go of What You Can’t Control

Unfortunately when caring for your elderly loved one there are always going to be aspects of his care that you can’t control. This is especially difficult when his health is worsening. Try reminding yourself regularly that the things you can’t control are just that: Uncontrollable. Let them go, whether that means verbally reminding yourself or journaling about it until you feel you have succeeded.

Talk to your loved one’s elder care providers about other techniques that can help during this time.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Coconut Creek/Parkland, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.

 

 

Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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