Many caregivers are thrown for a loop when they first realize that a senior family member needs more help. Sometimes this situation crops up literally overnight, which complicates it further. Take your time to start putting some answers together. From there you can sort out what else you need and what other resources you can access.
Assess the Situation
Get as full a picture of the existing situation as you can. If your senior family member is having health problems, talk with her doctor and determine if a prognosis is available. For other concerns, talk with experts who can help you to fully understand what this situation means for your senior and for you.
Sort out What You Need in Order to Help
Once you have a full assessment of the details, you can start to sort out what you need in order to help your elderly family member the most. Make a list of everything that need to be done and who you can count on to help. Friends and family are a tremendous source of help, but don’t forget that hiring senior care providers gives you the benefit of their experience.
Find Resources that Match Your Needs
Local resources are also invaluable. Start out by talking to local agencies that help seniors. From there, you might also consider talking to your senior’s doctor and joining a support group. By touching base with all of these different sources, you can get a wide range of different ideas about where to go for specific types of help.
Reassess the Situation
Once you’ve had time to put a few of your solutions to work, remember to take the time to reassess now and again. It’s not enough to put one solution in place and then you’re done. Caregiving is a constant juggling of your own time and energy combined with the resources that you’re able to pull together. You might find that there are times when you need more or less help, depending on the changing situation.
Being a caregiver is more about troubleshooting the situation in front of you than it is having specific answers in the exact moment.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Senior Services in Massapequa NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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