It’s happened again. You’ve just received another frantic phone call from a concerned neighbour alerting you to the fact that she has just sent your Mom off to the hospital in an ambulance.
Later that evening when the dust settles, you contact your brother and sister. As you explain to them that this has become an ongoing situation and something must be done you begin to feel that niggling feeling of guilt in the pit of your stomach.
Since you are the only relative and specifically the only sibling who lives in the same town as your mother, the majority of the care has landed squarely on your shoulders.
It isn’t that the rest of the family doesn’t want to help but with the logistics and normal everyday hassles that come with raising children and making a living, most people are already stretched thin, financially as well as emotionally.
If you can relate then the time has come for you to seriously consider solutions that are in the best interest of your aging parent. This does not make you a bad person. Everyone ultimately has to face this situation. How you deal with it depends on how prepared you are.
When it comes to eldercare, it is critical that you are prepared before you are facing critical decisions. Educating yourself about the options available to your parent before the fact will allow you and your parent reach the plan of action for his or her situation.
Here is where “A Child’s Guide to Eldercare” comes in. This guide prepares you for answering many questions that you probably have never even thought about
Here’s a list of just a few of the helpful things you find inside:
* When does eldercare begin? How to know when your parent(s) require help.
* Financial Issues – A discussion of financial and estate planning and making sure that information as well as a will is up to date.
* Who takes responsibility? How this should be determined BEFORE your parents require it.
* Who becomes the caregiver? Who will care for your elderly parents.
* Accelerating care needs – How to select a continuing care facility, adult day care center or nursing home.
* If long term care is an option learn how to select a nursing home, an assisted living center or how to remain in their own home.
* Medical Care – Know your parents medical needs
* Nutritional needs in the elderly.
* Moving Day – How to help your elder deal with moving out of their home.
* How to help your elder deal with depression.
* Safe Driving – When driving is no longer an option.
* Elder Safety
* Know the professionals. How to prepare a “caregiver kit” of pertinent information.
* Take care of the caregiver. Tips for a “stress free” caregiver.
Written in plain English “A Child’s Guide to Eldercare” will help give you some peace of mind by answering these all important questions before you are faced with them and forced into hasty decisions.
Nothing is more important than giving back to those who cared for us before we were prepared to take care of ourselves. We all come full circle.
It is important that we learn how to deal with the challenges that come with the aging of our parents. Some day it will come full circle and your children will be faced with the same challenges.
Get the answers as well as the questions that you need in order to preserve your parents dignity and handle these transitions with the respect they deserve.
The purpose of our guide is to give you an over view of how to do just that. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to be prepared.