The following video about providing eldercare from home is absolutely excellent! There is nothing in it that I would change. NBC Digital Health Network has created five minutes of practical, useful information without ever lapsing into an infomercial.
Key points bear repeating.
CAREGIVING IS SERIOUS WORK
- The family member who becomes the primary caregiver takes on serious responsibilities.
- Caregiving requires patience, planning, and practice.
- The most successful caregiver has time, lives close, and has the best emotional relationship with elder.
- A good caregiver has an optimistic attitude and is motivated.
- Caregiving requires fortitude and outside support.
- Caregivers underestimate the toll on their own lives.
HOME CARE APPROPRIATENESS
- The functional status of the elder determines if home care possible.
- 83% of elders want to remain at home, aging-in-place.
- The physical environment must be appropriate.
- The caregiver must be able to monitor nutrition, medication, exercise, and socialization
- Most people are unprepared for the financial the stress.
- Eldercare is not covered by Medicare.
- There are options for getting help.