A Guide To Medical Alert Systems For Seniors
Chatting with our aged parents about their living conditions and the possibility of change is not always easy. A successful conversation depends on the parent’s mental, emotional and physical condition as well asour own relationship with them . You need to look at the options : Move to a full time care home, Home care from a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) or Personal home care from a family member. Wherever possible , talk with your elderly parents gently and frankly about their wishes, their abilities and their alternatives .
Caring for an aging parent, elderly spouse, domestic partner or close friend presents difficult challenges – specially when a crisis hits and you are all of a sudden faced with the responsibilities of elder care . Perhaps your aging mother has fallen, is hospitalized with a broken hip and needs to go to a rehab facility or nursing home to recuperate .
Caregiving can also become necessary after a series of unsettling accidents and warning signs that point to a need for long term senior care. Perhaps your aged spouse has walked away and gone missing on several occasions . Or a long-time friend has lost a lot of weight and rarely leaves home.You may be the only person to step in and become the caregiver, or you may be the linchpin of a network of family members and friends willing to help care for your elderly person
Whether yourfamily member has Alzheimers Disease or another form of dementia, is recovering from serious illness , or you are trying to figure out Medicare benefits; Each elder care situation is unique, of course. Your loved one’s medical history, financial resources, personality, relationships with potential caregivers, nearness to services and other factors all help decide the best decision to make .
A decision by a family member to be care-giver for the elderly is multi-faceted and often emotionally draining . It means forgiving and dealing with past hurts . The caregiver (often a son or daughter) must be the one who is able to “get over” emotional hurdles and move on with giving quality care to the senior parent. Issues unresolved during their vital and productive years are unlikely to be confronted now by parents facing a myriad of issues related to growing older .
Problems that have to be managed by the carer:
Bill Payment / Household Financial Management
Home / Safety Monitoring
Home Healthcare (Medical)
Taking care of the upkeep of the home
Housekeeping and cleaning
Hiring of CNA or other live-in home help
Personal Care (e.g. Bathing, Toileting or Grooming)
Rehabilitation Services (e.g. Physical Therapy)
Transition Services ( e.g. home sale, relocation, downsizing or asset liquidation)
Transportation (Non-Medical, e.g. errands, shopping)
Visiting / Private Duty Nursing
Most personal tasks e.g. finances etc will be dealt with easily by family members, but depending on the patient’s level of health , home visits by fully qualified nurses or Doctors may be necessary, but if not , a Certified Nursing Assistant, may be all you need ; either for regular visits or on a full time basis.
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