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Caring for a loved one who is experiencing failing health is challenging at any time. However, with the threat of COVID-19 still looming, there is a new layer of difficulty to caregiving at the present time. With added pressure to keep your loved ones as safe and healthy as possible, it can be difficult to know how to move forward as their needs rapidly change. Infinity Credit and Financial Services shares tips for taking care of your family members at this challenging time.
If selling your loved one’s home to pay for care, use COVID-safe selling tools.
After researching the different facilities around Dallas, you may have discovered that the cost of assisted living and nursing home care can be substantial. Oftentimes, those who need care do not have the funds to pay for it in full. If your relative’s health declined quickly and unexpectedly or at a younger age than anticipated, they may not be ready to pay for assisted living care.
One of the best ways to navigate this obstacle is to help sell your loved one’s home. Oftentimes, this step can mostly or fully pay for long-term care. With COVID-19 still being a real and present danger — especially to those who are in poor health — taking every precaution during the home selling process is an absolute must. Thanks to new tools that are now widely available, prospective buyers can tour your relative’s home virtually. This is made possible through 3D walkthroughs, virtual open houses, and video-chat tours.
Update the home with smart technology.
These days, there are many devices and gadgets that can make life easier for everyone, especially for a sick loved one. Smart home security devices, for example, can give them peace of mind, especially if they are living alone. In addition to video doorbells that allow you to see who’s on the porch using your smartphone or tablet, there are panic buttons that can alert authorities in the event of an emergency. Even devices such as smoke detectors can sync with your smartphone and alert you when something’s amiss.
Complete all necessary forms for worst-case scenarios.
Although it is difficult to think about, it is super important to have certain forms and documents completed in the event of a worst-case scenario. As your loved one continues to decline, these items will be even more crucial to have. Forms that you’ll want to ensure are completed are a Power of Attorney document and a Living Will. These are especially helpful if you need to assist your relative with financial decisions or in the event that he or she experiences a sudden injury or impairment.
Ensure that you and your loved one are getting proper nutrition and nourishment.
At this challenging time, maintaining proper nutrition — for both you and your loved one — is more essential than ever before. Not only is this critical for your family member who may be battling a host of health issues, but it is also important for you. Studies have shown that stress can negatively impact your immune system. With the prevalence of COVID and other contagious illnesses, support your immune system with healthy foods and supplements.
Navigating the role of the caregiver as a global pandemic persists is one of the most challenging tasks you’ll ever take on. By following the tips above, you can provide the best care possible to both your loved one and yourself.
If you need assistance with life insurance, retirement planning, 401(k) setup and administration, or investments, get in touch with Infinity Credit and Financial Services by calling 817-863-4231.