There comes a time when you realize that your elderly parents can no longer take care of themselves and need a little help. If they are like most people, they would prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home.
Home care can be confusing for everyone involved if you have never been through the process. A preliminary discussion with other family members is a good first step. Next, arrange a family meeting including your elderly parent to understand their needs and wishes. Be sure to include them in all decisions and respect and honor their preferences whenever feasible.
You might meet with some resistance, as life changes are hard! Community resources and a family physician can help everyone ease into the inhome care process. A Case Manager no-obligation home visit from our agency will help assess the situation and provide you with a written plan of care.
Life changes as we age, but with love, understanding, help, and planning, the uncertainty of the next phase of life can be greatly minimized.