A stressful conversation for every family is what happens to money when a parent gets sick, and serves as the primary reference person. One method for discussing difficult topics is to organize a family reunion. The healthcare team finds themselves in a comfortable place, around a table with room to distribute the documents discussed. (Using technologies such as Skype can help involve family members who live far away.) A well-organized meeting can offer family members common support and a better understanding of the decisions to be made. A caregiver is a person who is paid to care for another person, usually an elderly person or a person with special needs. A caregiver is paid to provide daily care such as transportation, meal preparation, household chores, and other needs of the individual. The caregiver usually follows a weekly schedule, either defined in the agreement or set by the parties. Examples of care include: body care, food purchases, meal preparation, budget management, laundry, coordination of household and doctor bills, phone calls, financial management, transportation (taking into account mileage), medication tracking and management, tracking of health changes, and referral to doctors. “Downsizing” may involve moving to another neighborhood or other lifestyle changes that the senior wants to avoid. The fear of institutional care – the nursing home – is certainly an essential motivation for older people who are looking for private care agreements with family members or friends. Some seniors worry about the costs of professional home care, especially when maintaining wealth is a concern for the family. For reasons of camaraderie and safety, the senior may prefer a “living caregiver,” although regular home care visits may be objectively sufficient.
The senior may also prefer to have a friend or family member who provides care and support rather than a stranger. On the other hand, older people may not be aware of the community support available or have unrealistic negative perceptions about housing alternatives (e.g. B “supported housing”). Many families reach a point where they realize that a sick or elderly relative needs help. There are usually warning signs: difficulties with daily activities; storage problems; banking and financial problems; several falls; driving problems; Forgotten medicines….