Whether you are a family caregiver or your dad’s medical power of attorney, you should always keep researching options for home care services. What’s working for your family right now may change. If you stay up to date, you’ll be ready to address changes as they arrive rather than rush to figure things out when you’re already stressed.
Health Can Change Without Warning
It’s said that there are no guarantees in life. That’s very true. Your dad may seem healthy. He could have normal blood pressure when he goes to the doctor. His cholesterol tests come back fine. His doctor says he’s healthy. Months later, he has a serious health crisis and needs help at home.
If you’re already emotional over the sudden change to his health, it’s not an ideal time to start researching the options for care. In addition to deciding how to arrange his care needs, there are worries about finances. You have upcoming medical appointments to schedule. If you have already talked about the possibility of home care services for the future, you’ve already started creating a plan.
Family Members May Find It Hard to Provide Care
Most families think they’ll be able to meet their parents’ care needs. It’s not always as easy as you’d imagine. If you’re working, you’ll be balancing work with your dad’s needs. You may also need to leave time to care for your children and still have time for your spouse or significant other.
If you are repeatedly needing to take hours or days off of work, your boss may not be as agreeable months from now. You may find yourself running out of protection from the Family Medical Leave Act. Laws vary by state, but you may be limited to 12 days in a year’s time period.
Depending On Your Area, Caregivers May Be in High Demand
Your dad may have a lot of caregivers in his area. But, he may live in a town or city where the numbers of caregivers are not as high. If there is a wait list, you want to be on it as early as you can. Most lists for caregivers will keep you on the list if you reach the top and don’t yet need care. You can ask when you call a home care services agency to ask questions.
What you don’t want to happen is have your dad need care and learn there’s a wait. It’s not always the case, but it adds to the stress if you learn it can be months before a caregiver that is able to handle your dad’s care needs are available.
Advanced Research Makes It Easily to Ask Questions
If you’re already researched home care services, you likely have a list of questions ready to go. You may have already gotten answers in advance and just need to schedule services. All you’ll have to do is call a home care services agency and start arranging care. It saves time and reduces stress.