Disclaimer: The Transitions in Adult Care module and its contents are for information purposes only and are not intended as medical, legal, financial or therapeutic advice. Please consult a physician, lawyer, financial advisor, or counsellor for professional services.
Changes in Care Requirements are Unique
As a family or friend caregiver, transitions are likely an ever-present factor in your life. The changes to your care recipient may be subtle like a gradual loss of interest in social activities, or they may be sudden when there is an injury or a stroke. When we see changes happening, we can expect that the level of care and overall plan may need to change as well.
If it is a sudden change resulting from an acute illness or an accident, you should expect to leave the hospital with a care plan that gives you some guidance in what to anticipate and how to respond to current needs. If the changes are slower, that sometimes can be more difficult.
Ideally, the right care and supports will allow your care recipient to stay safely at home as long as possible. The goal is for people to receive care at home, in their communities, where decisions about longer term care can occur. The benefits to your loved one include being where they want to be, in familiar surroundings, and the longer maintenance of their health, independence, and well-being. As well, there is a reduced risk for hospital-acquired illness.
Please be aware that the content of these sections does not focus on changes that may result from specific physical or mental health conditions. We want the information to be applicable to as many caregiving situations as possible.
It is only through your good health that caregiving is sustainable. Taking time for yourself and attending to your wellbeing is not selfish: It is essential!
Since you are visiting this site, you likely have questions or concerns about the changes you and your loved one are facing, or may face. It is so important to ask those questions--of healthcare providers, community organizations, or government agencies, family members or friends.
For example, if you have concerns that you want to bring up with your doctor, but you aren't sure what questions to ask, Things to Think About Before and After Your Doctor's Visit is a great resource that can help guide you. You may even want to print it off and take it with you!
If you're unsure what questions to ask, or where to begin, that's OK too. Please contact Caregivers Nova Scotia at 1.877.488.7390 or Info@CaregiversNS.org. We can help guide you to the information you need.