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Things move fast when you are caring for an aging parent, spouse or an elderly loved one.  People create a plan in the beginning of the caregiving journey but as things change they may stop working the plan and lose sight of the goals they are trying to accomplish.  Now and then you need to step back and reassess the situation. In the reassessment process you should ask questions like these:

  • How are things going?
  • What is the current level of need?
  • Is the current level of care addressing that need?
  • Is the current care too much or too little?
  • Are there any roadblocks or problems that keep popping up?
  • What changes need to be made?
  • Are appropriate supports in place?
  • What can be done at this point to improve quality of life for everyone involved?

Once you have completed the reassessment process you need to take action and implement any adjustments to the plan.  By doing this you might find that a situation that was becoming more difficult is suddenly more manageable. It is very common to unknowingly veer away from the original plan – things happen and you respond to meet a change in need without considering the overall plan in doing so.  An occasional reassessment can go a long way to making the caregiving process easier and less stressful. And, like everything else you do, it can raise your loved one’s quality of life.

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