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3 Ways Family Caregivers Can Advocate for Seniors

senior advocacyThe number of individuals providing care for a senior loved one is growing by the day. As millions of Baby Boomers turn 65, the need for care is only expected to grow, leaving family caregivers in need of some help. However, in the midst of providing elder care, juggling a career and investing time in their own family, caregivers often feel like they’re stuck on a roller coaster. However, with the assistance of a support network and the communication provided by a homecare software or homecare system, advocating for senior needs can seem within reach.

Here are 3 relatively simple ways that caregivers can advocate for the well-being of themselves, and the senior citizens they care for:

1. Sign up for family caregiving newsletters:
When you’re busy checking in with your own kids and logging into your homecare provider’s homecare software or homecare system to make sure you remembered to schedule care coverage, there’s not much time to research pending legislation or budget cuts that may affect elder care services you use. However, family caregiver-centered newsletters, such as “Connections” from the Family Caregiver Alliance, give you quick, e-mail updates about issues that matter to you. These newsletters offer links to online petitions, legislator contact information and alerts about budget cuts and other service changes that might affect your ability to provide care for a senior.

2. Only use a homecare provider with a transparent homecare software or homecare system:
One of the greatest concerns of family caregivers is the quality of care that a senior is receiving from homecare providers. However, a homecare software or homecare system with family member access, such as ClearCare, allows family caregivers to log-in and check on the status of a senior’s care plan while they’re away. By knowing what tasks within a care plan are completed, or why certain tasks were skipped, allows family caregivers to advocate for the highest possible standard of care for seniors.

3. Establish a working relationship with care providers:
Caring for a senior citizen requires the work of a village. While family caregivers may be on the front line, they are backed by homecare providers, physicians, care managers, physical therapists and more. However, many family caregivers complain that they find medical providers difficult to deal with at times. By establishing a good working relationship with your senior loved ones medical providers, being present for appointments, and following-up on referrals or medication changes, your senior family member’s physicians will know that you are committed to advocating for their health. Additionally, robust homecare software or a homecare system, like ClearCare, makes care logs from homecare providers readily accessible to a senior’s care team. This flow of information may be integral to keeping all providers on the same page.

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