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Caregiving Solutions Just for You
how to start the caregiving conversation
from a single episode, observation, or experience. Rather, gather information with an open mind
and talk with your spouse and adult children. Approach family with a conversation in mind. Discuss what you're thinking and ask if they have observed any situations that they have questions or concerns about. If so, be willing to listen to concrete examples and ask what they think would be good solutions. You should be actively engaged in the solution process and what works for you.
Don't delay the Conversation. Talk sooner rather than later when a crisis has occurred. As an example, if you know you have poor eyesight or trouble driving at night, address those issues before a problem arises. The sooner you begin, the greater your options and control in the decision-making process.
Ask and expect your loved ones to start the conversation when they notice:
• An accident occurs.
• Health concerns change lifestyle.
• Unusual behaviors.
• Finances are neglected.
• Confusion with managing medications.
• Parent loosing a lot of weight.
• Parent neglecting basic hygiene.
• Clutter, bills, and mail pilling up.
The Help Home program
• Appears in inappropriate clothing. • Missing appointments.
• Forgetfulness becomes dominant. • Signs of depression.
• Care needs exceed manageability. • Safety becomes an issue.
Maximize independence. Help your loved ones to know that you are intentionally seeking to find solutions that provide the maximum amount of independence for both you and them.
Look for answers that optimize strengths and can compensate for challenges and concerns. Add only the support services that are required to continue to live as independently as possible.
If you, or your loved one, need help at home, identify what assistance is actually needed. Look for tools that can help while allowing you to maintain use of current strengths. As an example, maybe meal preparation is still enjoyable but assistance is needed with light housework. Be willing to recognize that sometimes a change
in environment might be just what is needed to thrive once again and to give you peace of mind.
Be aware of the whole situation. If your spouse passes and soon afterward the house
is one of the greatest trials for family members. Avoiding family conflicts, especially among sibling family caregivers can be challenging and have long-term effects. While it may be tempting to make decisions on your own, it is important and respectful to include anyone that may be a part of the long-term care plan.
If you have not considered what your future choices might be then this guide will give you some places to begin. Read about the options for long-term care, covering costs for care, choosing an advocate, dementia screening and solutions, and more.
Let the planning begin. Leading into retirement and Medicare is the time to start observing and gathering information carefully
and thoughtfully about health and long-term
care wishes. Now is the time to set up your legal documents and to make your wishes known. Start your planning before you need it so that you can be a part of it.
Communicate. Communicate. Commu- nicate. We all have had moments of unintended risk or forgetfulness but it’s important to know when to be concerned. Don't reach a conclusion
is a voluntary program
whereby a person with dementia or their loved one,
can register emergency information with the
Calhoun County Dispatch Authority in order to be returned home quickly and safely if lost.
Recovery bracelets are available for registered individuals.
The Help Home program is maintained by the Calhoun County Dispatch Authority. The information is immediately accessible when you call 9-1-1.
This program is provided in collaboration with Miles For Memories (
To register contact them at (269) 781-9703 or (269) 781-9701 today.

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