It may be very difficult to take care of your aging Mom and Dad. Yet, this can be one of the greatest things that children can do for their parents. Making these sacrifices is one of the best ways to show your love for them.
Here are some pointers in dealing with elderly patients:
- It is not advisable to resign from your job just to assist your elderly parents. It can affect your life, income, family, and retirement savings. Think and plan before making your next move. You also stand to lose valuable benefits like life and health insurance coverage, employee disability and other perks.
- Prepare a spending budget for care giving. List your parents‘ resources and that of your own to be prepared for this long term commitment.
- Check out free and economical public benefits. There are government agencies and associations that provide caregiver services for seniors.
- Learn about the concept of Medicaid and Medicare. Find out if they will cover nursing care and facilities.
- Be aware of the costs of taking care of parents in their own homes. They will probably prefer to live in their homes rather than be sent to an assisted living facility or retirement home.
- Be wary of scams or fraudulent practices. There are unscrupulous individuals who might take advantage of unsuspecting elderly individuals. See to it that your parents are secured from thoughtless, poor, and costly financial decisions.
- Take into consideration professional aid such as from the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers or private geriatric managers. And as always Specialty Care Services and our staff of professional caregivers.
Even in the middle of a very caring family, an aging parent will feel a loss of independence. That sense of lost autonomy may appear as resistance or as a controlling behavior. Dealing with that concern calls for proper planning. At the same time, it is very important to understand and be aware of communications about ground rules and boundaries.
A professional Home Nurse/Caregiver from Specialty Care Services can manage the care and needs of your loved ones. Please call us!