Home Health Checklist

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We all worry that the people we love are not getting the care they need, and even if they are, we always think it could be better.  It comes from your mother, and even if you are not a mother, we all have that protective instinct in us.  That’s why leaving the care of your elderly loved one to professional caregivers can be stressful, especially if the agency uses multiple caregivers, or you need respite care (temporary caregiving).  There are a multitude of things that could go wrong and that is why having a Home Health Care Check List For Professional Caregivers is so important.  It can outline what to do in an emergency, what special quirks a senior has, and of course the necessary procedures that the senior requires.  Below you will find some suggestions, but in no way is this list exhaustive.  Every senior is different, with different needs, so the checklist should vary accordingly.

  • Keep a list of medications and allergies on the wall dictating what time medications are taken, how many, how they are administered, and where the medications are located. Here is a helpful article on managing your medication.
  • Everyone has a routine and we all get upset when it is compromised, so try your best to explain their sleeping patterns, TV shows, eating time, weird quirks and semantics and habits.
  • It is also suggested you have a list of snacks available as well as meals that the senior likes. Many professional businesses can cook to appease your elderly loved one, so don’t forget to mention this.
  • Emergency Contacts should also be plainly visible in worst-case scenario. This should also include the doctor or primary care physician of elderly loved one.  Your preferred hospital should also be listed.
  • Plan of Action– It is also not a bad idea to have a detailed list of what to do if something should go wrong. Even if they have your contact information, what happens if they are unable to get a hold of you, or someone else?  There should be a plan for what to do in case of emergency.  Advanced directives and the necessary documentation should be able to be found, as well as medical orders for life sustaining situations which should be given to any paramedics or doctors should the need arise.
  • Previous Medical History/Bodily Injuries– The professional caregiver should already have this information, but it never hurts to provide it, especially if things change. Also, we all have aches and pains some days and it is best to not agitate those.
  • Logbook- It is never a bad idea to keep a logbook so that the caregivers can communicate with each other before each visit. That way if anything does change or seem strange, not only is it documented but it is also easier for a caregiver to provide adequate service.

If you are looking for Home Care or Respite Care in the Charleston area there are a number of great resources to help make your search easier including the Charleston Senior Directory.

Article written by Senior Directory

Lisa Burbage

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