“80% of the care provided to the elderly is provided by family members. This can include bathing, dressing, grooming, transferring, and toileting. Additionally there are requirements around mobility, socialization, chronic pain, driving, meal preparation, and housekeeping. When pre-planning is addressed there are improved family relationships, less stress and strain, and happier lives.” -Kathy Farrell RN
Seniors need to address their medical and emotional issues. It frees them up to enjoy their life. Make provision for additional care with thoughtful insight around end of life concerns. Employ the measures that are aligned with the elder’s wishes. Reduce family conflict. Help to relieve anxiety for everyone.
And then there’s cost - the expense of professional caregivers, assisted living, or nursing homes! What services do you need? How much do they cost and can you afford them? What are your community resources? Do you have a current living will? It all needs to be addressed well ahead of time.
Elders need to take responsibility for changes that take place during the aging process. They must be willing to accept additional assistance where it is indicated. Learn to communicate fully by talking about hopes and fears.
Our Aging At Home video series addresses these questions and more.
Order The Big Questions now!
Click on “The Series” in the right sidebar for more selections!