How Can You Help Your Elderly Loved One to Avoid a Health Crisis?

September 29, 2016

Elderly Care in Putnam NY

Unfortunately, depending on your loved one’s health, she’s likely to experience a health crisis eventually. But there are some things that you can do to help her through the crisis more readily. These tips can help you during times where there isn’t any crisis at all, too.

Become as Educated as Possible about Her Health Conditions

When you know as much as you possibly can about your elderly loved one’s health conditions, you’re in a better position to be able to recognize when your loved one’s behavior or health is changing. You may even find that you’re able to predict when the situation is likely to worsen based on past experience. Much of this happens as you gain experience as a family caregiver, but you can do that much more quickly the more that you know about your loved one’s health.

Plan Ahead as Much as You Can

You can’t plan for everything, unfortunately, but you can make contingency plans here and there. When you’re prepared for the worst that can happen, you’re free to hope for the best rather than dreading what might eventually happen.

But Also Take Everything Moment by Moment

It sounds contradictory, but the more that you plan, you are also more able to live in the moment and enjoy the time that you have with your elderly loved one. Living in the negatives all the time isn’t healthy for your elderly loved one and it’s definitely not healthy for you as her family caregiver, either. You can’t spend every moment anticipating that the situation is going to turn bad shortly.

Join a Support Group

One way that you can gain information and learn to plan ahead while enjoying the here and now is to talk to other people who are walking the same fine line with you. Support groups are an excellent place to make new friends who understand exactly what you’re going through as a caregiver. They can even give you insight into what has worked for them when managing care for their elderly loved ones.

Staying as prepared as you can helps you to anticipate changing situations.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Putnam, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Director of Client Services at Star One Home Care
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

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