At first, you might feel as if it’s impossible to completely understand not only what your senior needs now but also in the future. But the reality is that as you gain experience with caregiving, it’s a lot easier for you to predict what your elderly family member might need and to put those resources into place.
What’s Working and Not Working Right Now?
The first step in making sure you’re evaluating your senior’s needs is to look at what’s working and not working right now. Is her goal to live as independently as possible? What’s supporting that goal? Is she in danger of needing to move because she’s not accepting help and she can’t do it all on her own? These are situations you need to dig deeper into so you can analyze what’s helpful and what is hindering progress.
What’s Waiting Down the Line?
Your senior has a path ahead of her. Her health and her ability to take care of herself impact how easy or how difficult that path is going to be. She’s got help from you, but what else is waiting down the road? If her health is expected to become dramatically worse in the near future, that’s going to need to be addressed with some changes in her care plan. Talk with your elderly family member’s medical team to make sure you understand how her health is expected to change.
What Can You Already Do?
You need to understand your limits, especially if you’re not there just yet. You need to assess what you’re already doing, compare that against the help your senior is going to need, and determine where the gap lies. That’s where you need to focus on getting extra help because you truly can’t do more than your own limits demand.
Who Else Can Help?
Knowing who you can rely on for help is crucial. Other family members may be able to offer differing degrees of assistance, which means that you might need to supplement your assistance. Home care providers are often the easiest way to do that and they have the experience that you need in a pinch. They can also help you to start to learn now what your senior’s future needs are going to be like.
Your senior’s health and other circumstances will occasionally throw a wrench in all your hard work and planning. But that’s something that your plans will eventually account for more readily, especially as you gain experience.
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As a practicing Registered Nurse, Etelka was keenly aware of a void in quality patient care that could be provided in the home. She embarked upon a journey to develop a home health care agency that would exceed all expectations and become a trusted partner to physicians and patients.
A Distinguished Career From Nurse to Director of Nursing to President of Home Services Unlimited
Etelka’s distinguished career followed a logical progression to her position as President of Home Services Unlimited. She graduated as a nurse practitioner with a Bachelor of Nursing (RN) in 1972 from Meshgorya University in the Ukraine, close to where she lived with her family. She married her husband Phil in 1973 and decided in 1977 that they would relocate to the United States to be closer to family and to come to this land of opportunity. With an eagerness to continue her budding career, Etelka sat for and passed her Boards in the U.S. in 1979.
A Love and Talent for Working with the Elderly
Etelka began her nursing career in the U.S. at Colonial Crest, now part of Golden Living, where she was the In-service Coordinator, the Director of Training and Education and Director of Nursing, a position she occupied for several years.
With a group of partners, she co-founded Adept Corporation, which operated group homes for the mentally challenged. The business was successful and in 1996, Etelka sold her share to return to her roots, caring for the elderly.
In January of 1997, Etelka opened Home Services Unlimited as a fully licensed business to provide home health care. In her quest to learn to do better for her patients, she had already obtained a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) in May of 1990 from the College of St. Francis. As President of Home Services Unlimited, Inc., Etelka guides the trusted, experienced care model Home Services Unlimited uses to continue providing excellent home health care.
Giving Back to the Community of Indianapolis
Volunteering for community services is a high priority for Etelka. Her memberships include the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Executive Women in Health Care and the Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care, where she is a member of the Board of Directors.
Etelka has also served on the Board of Directors with Hooverwood Home, a highly regarded geriatric facility, since 1997 and as the President for 2005-2006. Through her community work, she has received several awards and accolades, including the Nora McFarland award in 2002, from the Indiana Association of Home and Hospice Care.
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