A written care plan was developed based on her medical information and clinical assessment, addressing Mary Ann’s physical and social needs. Improving her quality of life also meant enhancing the quality of life for June and her family.
I recommended a geriatric care manager to implement the care plan, which included a daily caregiver/companion to assist Mary Ann with personal care, meal preparation, and social interaction. June continued to manage her mom’s medication while the caregiver ensured it was administered correctly.
One important aspect of the care plan involved socialization beyond the caregiver/companion if Mary Ann could engage with others outside her home. Although forgetful, she was capable of social interaction and thrived when volunteering at the park’s rose garden. The connections she made with other volunteers revitalized her, and her previous unhappiness and annoyance, expressed as depression, lifted.
These changes transformed the social dynamic between Mary Ann and June. What had become an increasingly caregiver-care recipient relationship once again became a mother-daughter bond. Mary Ann enjoyed pleasant days, received proper care, and June could refocus on her own family life.
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