How to approach Senior Care
Because seniors are not often able to easily express their wishes, needs and preferences, the responsibility usually falls on close family members to advocate for them. So, whether your family decides to use a nursing home, an assisted living community or an in-home care company for your loved one’s care, your involvement is still necessary. You should be in a better position to advise the caregivers of your loved one’s habits, preferences, concerns and their likes and dislikes.
Since an increasing number of Americans prefer to continue living at home as they get older, their families are as a result, more involved in their care than before. It is therefore imperative for the entire immediate family to be involved from the very beginning when planning for the future care of an aging parent. The parents involvement is not also ruled out as they should participate in every step of the decision making process. This will ensure that they maintain as much control of their lives as they can.
There are several considerations to make and numerous options to evaluate when planning for the care of a senior:
- How do you initiate conversation with your parent about their care demands?
- How will their care be funded?
- What housing options are available to them?
- What are some of the health conditions that might be associated with my parents? aging process?
- Does a family member, who could be of assistance, live close enough to my parent?
- What are some of the legal considerations and ramifications associated with my parents aging process?
- What kind of assistance does my parent need and what type of care is available and appropriate to his needs?
For more information you might want to check out the following online resources which provide invaluable information on making senior care decisions.