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A entire package deal of guardian care details with rules and techniques for stabilizing a hindrance, developing an motion plan for the long term, aiding friends and family comprehend the problems, operating extra successfully with execs in legislations, medication, etc., and gaining aid.

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There is much that needs to be done and a coordinated care plan can facilitate the process, enabling each “player” to bring his or her own special strengths to the care giving process. MONITORING YOUR CARE GIVING PLAN Once your parent’s crisis has stabilized, you will need to monitor the care plan. Setting up a monitoring system can at first appear daunting, but you’ll find that when you put the plan in writing it is easier to identify the resources and also the gaps. Keep a list of key contact people and times when they should be contacted.

You might be able to arrange for stand-by help to allow you to stay on the job and use your personal days, a leave of absence, or even vaca- 25 GETTING ORGANIZED Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), are generally offered through a company’s human resources department. EAPs often have resource and referral hotlines employees can use to find local assistance and support services and to get information about elder care issues. If your company is large enough, it may contract out for these services with one of several national companies that provide referrals 24-hours-a-day.

Coping with care giving is one of the hardest things you may ever have to do. It takes courage, time, energy, and determination. One of the best ways to “survive” care giving is to join a support group. Support groups differ widely in purpose, structure and effectiveness, but a good group can provide support, education, resources, perspective, coping skills, and the personal empowerment that comes from taking control and feeling that you’re helping others by sharing your experiences. You can find support groups through hospital senior services, religious affiliations such as the Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Stroke Association, Alzheimer’s Association, Catholic Charities, hospices, The United Way, local Area Agency on Aging offices or the State Department/Office on Aging.

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