There are many different types of senior care available for all types of people and patients. Being able to understand all of the various forms of care, the different jobs that people have, and coordinating it all so that the elderly patient gets the best overall care can be challenging.
If you are responsible, or have taken on the role of coordinating all of these aspects of senior care services, then you will quickly realize that it’s not always easy to do. Coordination requires communication. The more effective the communication, the better the overall senior care will be.
There are a few tips that you can keep in mind that will generally help you coordinate the best senior care services and provide the proper support for the elderly individual.
Find the communication formats that work best for each care provider. The patient’s doctor may be reached more effectively by calling them on the phone. They may have to take a message and get back to you, but they will generally return the important calls relatively quickly.
Other caregivers are constantly on the move and email or text messaging might be more suited for them to get messages back and forth. Texting has proven to be very effective at relaying information to other people without having to discuss it on the phone first.
When you find the best form of communication for each person, it will be more effective overall to rely on that most.
Don’t bother with unnecessary medical interventions. You’re going to find that certain aspects of senior care services are necessary while others are not. You may be inclined to encourage your loved one to meet with a counselor to talk about their mental health, or to visit with a physical therapist, but if they aren’t depressed, if they’re coping well with the situation, or if they hadn’t had physical therapy recommended for them, then you could actually be doing more harm than good.
Focus on what the patient needs and not on what you think would be best. Listen to experience providers and doctors and not on your ‘gut instinct.’ More often than not, our instincts aren’t right when it comes to health care for someone else, unless we have years of experience providing it for them.
The better your coordination with senior care providers, the better the overall care for the patient will be, and that’s what matters most.