Knowing what to do first or even second when there’s a crisis is not easy to do. It might even feel as if there are no good decisions for you to make. The key is to take a deep breath and to make sure you’ve got the help that you need so that you can get some space to make good decisions.
Get the Details
You have to know what you’re up against. If the crisis your senior is facing is medical, you’re going to need to get some details from her doctors. Other types of crises might mean that you get information from different sources. The bottom line, though, is that you need to have as much information as you can possibly get as quickly as you can.
Line up Help Now
Even if you’re still mapping out the details of what’s happening, get some help. Home care services can be incredibly helpful even when you’re still not sure what to do. They can assist you in figuring out what you still need to know and they can offer hands-on help to get you and your senior where you need to be. That can be a huge jumpstart when you’re still mapping out a full plan.
Start Figuring out Steps
Once the initial steps are done, you’re going to have a better idea of where your senior needs to be and how you might be able to get her there. This can mean that you’ve got a lot of different steps you need to handle or it might be as simple as letting home care providers take over your senior’s care at home for a bit. Whatever those next few steps are, don’t worry too much about getting everything handled perfectly. You’re doing the best you can in a crisis.
Reassess What’s Working
After a while, you’re going to be in a position to notice that things are feeling calmer. This is where you can take a breath and reassess what in your plan is working and what isn’t. That’s why you don’t have to make perfect decisions right out of the gate. You can always change things around so that they meet your senior’s needs as those needs change.
You can get your senior through just about any crisis, you just need to keep your wits about you and lean on the help that you have available to you.