Don’t skip this episode! It’s so easy today to just say, “I can handle it all myself.” But the reality is no one can “do it all” especially when “it all” entails caring for an aging parent or loved one. In this episode I give you practical and specific tools to walk through creating a winning team. I’m walking you step by step on who to include, how to ask, and where to go from here. I’m evening including a football analogy! You don’t want to miss this one:)
Step #1 Creating your Roster- in this section I take you through a brainstorming exercise on how to pull people onto your care team. Who should you look to and who should you include.
Step #2 Assess the Need- Remember back in episode 9 we talked all about how the first step of creating a care plan really starts with an assessment? You’ll find that episode here at http://jericare.com/talk/podcast/careplanning/. In it I focus on 6 main categories that I look at when assessing a clients needs: safety(find my safety checklist here), financial, estate and legal, food and nutrition, general health(medications, drs), and social/spiritual. Okay I lied, there are really 7 and in that episode I even go into the ADLs/IADLs I look at. Go back to listen to the episode so you don’t miss anything!
Step #3 Assessing your Team- we pick players for our team based on their unique skills and abilities and match them to the position they are best suited for. Don’t ask the neighbor who doesn’t have a reliable care, to take mom to the doctor.
Step #4 Ask for Help and Assigning Responsibility- hands down the hardest. Asking for help is not easy to do but remember that people really do want to help, they just don’t know how.