Family Caregiver's Guide: Planning and Decision-Making for the Elderly

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Easy-to-use checklists and inventories direct caregivers in gathering the specific and thorough information that professionals, such as doctors, pharmacists, attorneys, social workers, and accountants, need in order to provide proper assistance to the elderly. Among the topics covered are planning for institutional care, handling Medicare and Medicaid, assessing financial status, and writing a living will.

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Overview

Easy-to-use checklists and inventories direct caregivers in gathering the specific and thorough information that professionals, such as doctors, pharmacists, attorneys, social workers, and accountants, need in order to provide proper assistance to the elderly. Among the topics covered are planning for institutional care, handling Medicare and Medicaid, assessing financial status, and writing a living will.

"...a handbook for the caregiver...includes forms, basic information, and checklists...also provides advice on finances, living wills, long-distance caregiving, powers of attorney, Medicare, assisted living, and medications."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577490777
  • Publisher: Fairview Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,465,130
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.76 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
How to Use This Book ix
Introduction x
Chapter 1. Caregiving and the Elderly 1
Eldercare 1
Three Elements of Caregiving 2
Chapter 2. Making a Financial Assessment 3
The Four-Step Process 3
Collecting Vital Information 6
What You Need to Know 6
How to Use the Vital Information Form 6
Vital Information Checklist 7
Vital Information Form 9
Understanding Finances 34
What You Need to Know 34
Before You Begin... 34
How to Use the Financial Worksheets 34
How to Use the Monthly Expense Forms 35
Monthly Expense Form: Bill Payments 36
Monthly Expense Form: Cash Transactions 37
Medical Charges and Payments Form 38
Financial Worksheet: Part 1 39
Financial Worksheet: Part 2 48
Chapter 3. Collecting Medical Information 55
Documenting Medical History 56
What You Need to Know 56
How to Use the Basic Medical Information and Medical History Forms 56
Basic Medical Information 57
Medical History 62
Keeping Track of Medications 68
What You Need to Know 68
Usage Guidelines 68
Pharmacists 69
How to Use the Medication Forms 69
Medication List 70
Medication Summary 73
Medication Schedule 74
Activities of Daily Living 76
What You Need to Know 76
How to Use the Activities of Daily Living Checklist 76
Activities of Daily Living Checklist 77
Chapter 4. Caring for the Elderly at Home 79
Making a Home Safe for the Elderly 79
What You Need to Know 79
How to Use the Home Safety Checklists 79
Home Safety Checklists 81
Lighting and Electrical Checklist 82
Rug, Carpet, and Stair Checklist 83
Floor Checklist 84
Handhold and Support Checklist 85
Furniture and Accessories Checklist 87
Door, Window, Lock, and Alarm Checklist 89
Kitchen Checklist 91
Bathroom Checklist 92
Other Safety Concerns Checklist 93
Personal Safety Precautions 94
Assessing the Risk of Living at Home 96
What You Need to Know 96
What to Look For 96
A Geriatric Assessment 98
Assisting an Elderly Person Who Lives at Home 99
What You Need to Know 99
Assistive Devices 99
Volunteer Caregivers 100
Hiring a Professional 101
Services Available for the Elderly 101
Planning Home Healthcare 104
What You Need to Know 104
Arranging Care after a Hospital Stay 106
Monitoring Home Healthcare 106
Planning Home Care and Housekeeping Services 107
What You Need to Know 107
How to Use the Home Care and Housekeeping Form 108
Home Care and Housekeeping Form 109
Selecting In-Home Care Providers 111
What You Need to Know 111
Before You Begin... 111
How to Choose a Provider 113
Hiring the Provider 114
Caregiving from a Distance 115
What You Need to Know 115
Finding Local Resources 115
Visiting the Elderly 116
Preparing for Future Caregiving Decisions 117
Emergency Planning 118
Chapter 5. Alternative Housing Options 119
Exploring the Choices 119
What You Need to Know 119
Continuum of Care 120
Housing Options Summarized 120
Independent Housing 121
Residential Housing 124
Moving In with the Caregiver 127
Choosing Appropriate Housing 129
What You Need to Know 129
How to Use the Housing Selection Form 129
Housing Selection Form 131
How to Find Independent Housing 132
What You Need to Know 132
How to Use the Independent Housing Form 132
Independent Housing Form 133
How to Find Residential Housing 141
What You Need to Know 141
Before You Begin... 142
How to Find the Right Facility 143
Admission: Knowing If You've Made the Right Choice 146
When to Move to a Different Facility 147
Paying for Nursing Homes 148
HCFA Nursing Home Checklist 152
Residential Housing Form 155
Chapter 6. Advance Directives and Values History 165
What Is an Advance Directive? 165
Why Complete an Advance Directive? 165
How Does an Advance Directive Work? 166
Personal Values and Beliefs 166
Preparing a General Power of Attorney 167
Preparing a Durable Healthcare Power of Attorney 169
Preparing a Living Will 174
Values History: Helping the Elderly Make Their Wishes Known 176
What You Need to Know 176
How to Use the Values History Form 176
Values History Form 177
Chapter 7. Resources 189
Choosing Professionals 189
Doctors and Clergy 189
Geriatric Care Managers 189
Financial Planners 190
Lawyers 191
Collecting Key Documents 192
Document Checklist 194
Document Collection Form 197
Telephone Contact Lists 214
Emergency Contacts 215
Caregiver Emergency Contacts 217
General Contact List 218
Caregiver Information 221
Networking and References List 222
Family and Friends List 223
Volunteers List 224
Other Sources of Information 225
Organization and Hotlines 225
State Area Agencies on Aging and Ombudsman Offices 241
Home Healthcare Hotlines 253
Internet Sites 255
Index 259
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