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A program that will help you with every aspect of caring for an older parent


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Caring for an Older Parent is a program that will help you with every aspect of caring for an aging parent. It is your ‘Go to’ resource. Your guide. Your ready reference point. Your impartial friend. Everything you need to care for your parent all in one place

 

It is a natural part of aging that people who were once able to look after themselves begin to need support. Occasional calls for help gradually become more frequent. Help will often be needed when you already have a lot on your own plate. Almost imperceptibly, as well as being a daughter or son you may need to take the role of caregiver. It is a transition that can be emotional, challenging and stressful

 

Caring for an Older Parent is a program that helps with that transition. It adapts to your and your parent’s needs over time. It is a program that will make you feel comfortable that you have covered all the bases

 

Caring for an Older Parent 

  • Helps you deal with difficult issues in a practical way
  • Provides status assessment questionnaires
  • Presents suggestions for actions to take
  • Facilitates obtaining assistance from others
  • Gives you the tools to capture and share the costs of care
  • Supports and guides you as a caregiver 
  • Holds all important information ready to access instantly
  • Helps you and your parent to stay healthy
  • Enables focused discussions with advisors
  • Provides an open means of communication with the family
  • And so much more ...

 

A program you customize to your needs

 

 Every caring circumstance is unique. There is no ‘rulebook’ to follow. That’s why you can customize Caring for an Older Parent to your needs and those of your parent. It’s your program to use in the way that you want to use it. You may just use it yourself or invite your parent, other members of your family or third party helpers to share some or all of it. The choice is yours

 

Saving money and keeping independent

 

Most parents would prefer to stay in ‘their’ home rather than be in ‘a’ home. Not just because the costs of residential care can be prohibitive but because, when change is happening in your parent’s life, staying in an environment that is familiar and full of memories is often more comfortable. Caring for an Older Parent helps you and your parent to do achieve that outcome

 

Looking after yourself

 

It is all too easy to forget about your own health while taking care of a loved one. To help you to do that, Caring for an Older Parent has a special module for you as caregiver. It includes your own medical section, questionnaires for you to assess your well-being and gives you the ability to track the costs of keeping yourself mentally and physically healthy while giving so much of yourself to another

 

Share what you want with who you want

 

Caring for an Older Parent facilitates the involvement of other members of the family in a participative and transparent way. The program includes features that let you share all or any of the program with family, friends and others involved in the caring process. It can become a shared experience that can be a satisfying and pleasurable experience for everyone involved - and one that can bring the family closer together. For you, your parent and other members of the family, Caring for an Older Parent is an impartial friend

 

Never too early to start

The earlier in the aging cycle that you start to use Caring for an Older Parent, the better the eventual outcomes. It is much easier to have conversations and discussions on important issues whilst your parent is still mentally and physically active. If you make the time to enter the information at your own pace and over a period of time, everything will be there when you need it

 

What’s in Caring for an Older Parent?

 

There are three sections in Caring for an Older Parent

 

Parent 

  • Medical - which allows you to keep a medical history, maintain a complete medications register and to record medical advice received and monitor its implementation
  • Personal - where you can maintain all the personal information relating to your parent including living expenses, legal matters and costs of care
  • Questionnaires - that help you to review the current circumstances of your parent. Cognitive, Functional, Social, Environmental and Spiritual aspects are all included. You can look at comparative results across time and the program generates suggested actions for you to follow to enhance your parent’s circumstances
  • Care Support - which maintains all the information related to members of the caring family - relatives, friends, medical advisors, third party support
  • Communication – that lets you share what you want with who you want straight from the program

Caregiver

  • Well-being Evaluations  - that help you review your own well-being. You can review comparative results across time and the program generates suggested actions for you to follow
  • Medical - which allows you to keep a medical history, maintain a complete medications register and to record medical advice received relating to you and monitor its implementation
  • Care Support - where you maintain all the information related to members of your own support team

Care management 

  • Planning - to help you plan the support that your parent needs. It includes sections for Things To Do, Daily Care Plan, Key Dates & Activities, Contact Schedule, Meetings, Conversations
  • Time & Costs - lets you record and analyze the time spent on caring, all of the costs and the contributions from others toward those costs
  • Reports - a comprehensive suite of reports covering all aspects of the caring process which can be shared with others
  • Guidance Notes - which give you some thoughts and ideas which you can add to and edit to reflect your own experience 
  • Comments recording - to capture your observations and thoughts as well as suggestions and advice from other sources
  • Helping Hand - provides everything you need to make using the program easy and enjoyable. It includes sections on General Navigation, Suggested Pathway and a detailed User guide
  • Email communication - to communicate between the caregiver and family straight from the program
  • Settings - lets you tailor the program to your specific preferences
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