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- demonstrate your expertise
- ease family caregiver worries
- close the sale
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When a loved one needs help
Ideal as an initial descriptive piece—especially if you are using our “10 Warning Signs Your Parent May Need Help” PowerPoint—this handout encourages family members to look for the signs outlined by the Administration on Aging, get an assessment, determine which of the many support services are needed and then realistically assess their abilities to do all that is needed. The focus is on creating a team of knowledgeable professionals with a care manager (you!) to recommend and coordinate the best and most appropriate services.
- 10 warning signs
- What help is needed?
- Getting realistic. Creating a team.
When your parent says “I don’t need help!”
Family caregivers want your services but often they are stymied by a loved one who does not agree that help is needed. Demonstrate your sensitivity about the challenge and help families get past this obstacle. This handout offers insights about possible sources of resistance and ways the family member might approach the situation with empathy and applying motivational interview techniques to achieve collaboration. It also helps you make the case about your abilities to gain acceptance even with the most seemingly recalcitrant clients.
- “I don’t need help!”
- Cost and control
- Privacy and pride
Caring from a distance
In about 1:7 cases, family members live an hour or more away from a relative in need of help. Feelings of frustration, guilt and powerlessness run high. These family caregivers have particular needs for local professionals to be their eyes and ears. They probably make up a larger than usual proportion of your inquiries. Speak directly to the concerns of long distance caregivers by pairing this handout with “10 warning signs” and “I don’t need help!”
- Four long-distance strategies (stay in touch; arrange for local help; plan ahead; keep documents in one place.)
- Easing the disruption of travel
- Visits: More than just business
Conquering guilt. Becoming resilient
Guilt is nearly always the constant companion of family caregivers. No matter how much they do, they often feel they should be doing more. They typically have many responsibilities in addition to caring for an aging relative. Crises and conflicting demands can’t be completely eliminated, but this handout helps you present the case for resilience and learning to set appropriate and loving boundaries.
- The resilient family caregiver
- Too much empathy?
- Setting limits, nicely
Changing your mind about stress
Drawing upon the recommendations of the Mayo Clinic, we divide stressors into those that cannot be controlled and therefore call for an “adapt and accept” strategy, those that may be altered, and those for which wise avoidance of the problem may be the best solution. We also offer tips for coping with the all-too-common distress of feeling powerless and not knowing what’s going to happen next.
- When circumstances are beyond your control
- Working smarter
- Living with uncertainty
Many people wear their stress like a badge of honor. But chronic, unrelenting stress can lead to a much more serious condition: Burnout. This has significant consequences for both the family caregiver and the person in need of care. If you are working with a family member in danger of burning out, this handout will help you in make the case for why they need to implement changes and how they can arrange to take breaks.
- Stress vs. burnout
- Preventing burnout
- Take a break: Options for respite
Common caregiving emotions: Worry, anger, negativity
Family caregiving is stressful not only because of the extra time and work involved, but also because of the intense emotions that often come to the fore. This handout provides insights about ways to reframe emotional responses, as well as cognitive behavioral approaches to prevent or manage strong feelings so they don’t hijack the caregiver’s daily life.
- Curbing your negative thinking
- “Sometimes I feel furious!”
- When worrying doesn’t stop
One of the best ways to curb negative emotions is to consciously cultivate the positive. This can be incredibly difficult for some people. They are hard-wired to what might be called a low happiness set-point. This handout offers practical skills and insights to help family caregivers take small steps and avoid the common “change-back” pitfalls of those seeking to bring more levity and gratification to their caregiving.
- Adding humor to caregiving
- The habit of happiness
- Focus on the rewards of caregiving
Unpaid bills, utility shut-offs or spending sprees are often the first signs that something is amiss. Even if there is no dementia involved, managing finances is something an at-a-distance family member can take on to ease the stresses of their loved one, or of a nearby sibling who is the primary caregiver. This handout provides an overview about the paperwork involved and the various services that might be of assistance. It also makes suggestions about ways to ease into this sensitive topic with a loved one.
- What you need to know
- Tips and helpful tools
- Starting the conversation
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Health Care Planning
Unlike our other handouts, this set is written to the person who is preparing their own advance directive. (Your clients will find this useful. Family caregivers themselves might even take the discussion as an opportunity to get their own paperwork in order!)
For states WITHOUT a POLST (or MOST or MOLST…)
This handout gives an overview of the documents at play in an end-of-life situation. It guides the reader through the process of making decisions ahead of time, including the choice of a proxy decision maker. It also gives people chosen to be proxies some quick tips about what to do to prepare for the role and then again what to do if/when they “get the call.”
- The advance directive
- Choosing a decision maker
- If you are chosen
For states WITH a POLST (or MOST or MOLST…)
Empowering our clients and patients so their wishes are followed is a bedrock of quality care. The advance directive is the first step. It outlines a general approach and names a proxy decision maker. Many states have added a new document for emergency medical personnel that is succinct and very specific. Some call it a POLST, others a MOST. We can brand the handout to whatever the document is called in your state.
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- The advance directive
- Choosing a decision maker
- The POLST
For those who are at risk of falling, this handout provides family members with an overview of the issues, the risk factors and the importance of getting a fall risk assessment. It also talks about things that can be done to remove hazards around the house and to proactively regain balance by participating in easy, proven balance exercises.
- Maintaining balance
- A home safety review
- Balance exercises
Independence: Staying mobile on your feet
Those with more complicated mobility problems often need special support because they become so fearful of falling that they ill-advisedly stay away from the very activities that could help them reduce the chance of another tumble. Help families work with their loved ones to overcome fear, and even the stigma of using a walker if need be.
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- Start a safe walking routine
- When dad resists a walker
- If Mom is afraid of falling again