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How to Be an Effective Health Care Advocate to Your Aging Parents.

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September 28, 2018
Jessica Ho
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Below are some five great tips that will help you when looking out for the best interest of your loved one.

There are many reasons why you should consider the advice we are giving you. Besides being one of the best when it comes to caregiving and family matters, we are deeply involved when it comes to the lives of elders living with advanced Alzheimer’s diseases.

 

What is the role of advocacy in caregiving?

We will start by first stating the obvious; it can sometimes be overwhelming for caregivers. Family members are normally involved in the different aspects of the life of their loved one. Form arranging activities and scheduling appointments to managing money, playing cheerleader, cleaning the house, and becoming the nurse �” there is a lot. It is common for caregivers to burnout.

 

The most important role is that of being an advocate because we make sure that your family and friends have the best life when vulnerable.

We know this is not easy stuff. The life of the person we take care of is on our hands. Our main job is to know how they would love to be treated �” then carrying out their wishes in every possible way. There is always the balance between respectful and helpful, and we keep this in mind. There are other aspects which are known as series of sacred trusts: this means to take responsibility for legal and financial issues, and ensuring that the person receives the best possible care and treatment.

 

The thought of being a health advocate can be stressing, especially when you have not done it before. The responsibilities that come with being an advocate for home elderly care is that it is modest at the start, then it starts increasing with time.

 

But keep this in mind; being an advocate is something anyone can learn. There are some skills you can develop to become a great caregiver. This can be the case whether you a long-distance caregiver or in the same hometown as your loved one.

 

Accepting to do this will need a measure of courage, there are some rewards you will get from knowing you are able to step up and do the right thing when someone is not able to look out for themselves.

 

The Five Skills that will help in Supporting Your Advocacy Efforts

 

Suggestion of common sense approaches

You will need to employ a little detective skill. There are times when a slight shift in the health, abilities, desires, moods, and safety needs of our loved one could be a sign of a bigger problem, and being able to notice these earlier can make a lot of difference. You should also be paying close attention to the care services they are receiving. If you think it is not what they deserve, you can change. Some of the things you can do to improve your observation skills are;

 

Getting enough rest

Developing a meditation practice and mindfulness

Keeping a written record of what you hear and see

 

Organization. Some of the tasks include the management of caregiving team members, making the tas list, and organizing loads of paperwork dealing with legal, health, and financial matters. Whether it is to keep the instruction on medication close or discuss the financial matters with aging parents, organization is one of the most important things. If you find it hard to say organized, consider to;

Enroll in a course dealing with organization

Hire a professional organizer

Ask your family to help you

Download a caregiver app like CaringBridge, CareZone, or LotsaHelpingHands.

 

Communication. In order to be successful with caregiving, you will need to be good at communicating. The people you will be regularly communicating with include family members, attorneys, and health care providers, among others. Good communication can sometimes have to have tough conversations. In order to optimize your communication, you should;

Respect is the foundation of a good relationship

Active listening is important when it comes to effective communication

You should always stick to the facts, even when the subject is emotional

It is important to have clarity and brevity

Regularly verbalize your appreciation

Learning as much as possible about the situation of your loved one

Having a list of questions when going for appointments

You should always ask for clarification when not clear on a response

Keep written records of the conversations you have

 

Tenacity. Persistence is important when it comes to succeeding as a caretaker. You might not always get the ideal results or get the answers you were expecting. But you need to keep going on whatever the case. Your loving is counting on you, and that should be motivation enough. You need to be persistent, to do this you need to:

Understanding the goals and focusing on solutions

 

Start by thinking about who is around you. Associating with people who understand you and are in the same situation is a good idea.

Becoming part of a caregiving community can help. You will hear about success and failure, which you can learn from.

You should always mind your attitude

 

The Rewards you get by being a healthcare advocate

Becoming a health advocate for your folks when they get old can be one of the most valuable parts of caregiving. While there are some challenges that come with caregiving, and even in some instances scary, developing the above skills can make the process of advocacy one of the best things ever.

 

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