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Steps to take once you have realized a loved one might benefit from supportive services.
* Talk with your loved ones if you have any concerns about their health and safety. Knowing that you're concerned about their health may be all the motivation they need to see their doctor. Some people may need a little more encouragement, so let them know that you care about them and that you're worried. Consider including other people who care about them in the conversation, such as other relatives, close friends or clergy.
* Work on solutions to calm their fears. Many people have a fear that they are going to be sent to a nursing home. But that is only for the most intensive care. There are so many other options to empower a person to live fully. Work to develop solutions to problems around the home. These could arrange from assistive devices, in-home technology or at-home services.
* In talking with your loved ones, you might decide that it's time for them to get some help around the house. Home service workers can help with tasks, such as errands and cleaning, or you might want to explore an assisted living community.
* If your loved ones aren't willing to listen to your concerns or if they dismiss your claims, call their doctor for guidance. Some signs of medical problems aren't easily spotted in a doctor's office, and your concerns may help the doctor understand what to look for in their next visit. The doctor won't discuss private information with you unless the person has given the doctor permission to discuss their care with you. However, their doctor or health care provider may be glad to hear your insights. The doctor may also want to make sure he or she is allowed to speak with you regarding your loved ones’ care. In the United States, patient privacy is governed by rules often referred to as HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. You will likely have to fill out a form stating that you can discuss this person’s medical information with their doctor or doctor's staff