they may just need a nurse for
in-home health care
or have transportation to an
adult care facility that offers just a couple hours of care a day
during the week.
What are your parentís real issues and needs? Depending on your
parentís mental and physical health conditions will certainly evaluate
what kind of care they need. Here are just a couple of options to look
into if your senior parents only need part-time care, not fulltime
ē Meals on Wheels program- the oldest and longest running organization
in America for helping to feed and provide
services to disadvantaged, disabled, elderly or at risk citizens.
Adult Day Care-
Choosing an adult day care center for an aging parentís needs is
sometimes the best option for Baby Boomers who are deciding on adult
care for their parents because the parent is able to remain at home
with the family in the evenings and weekends, but receives the care
they need during a 9-5 work week. Often times it is a more affordable
option than 24/7 care in an assisted living facility.
For longer-term Assistance Look to:
- Although seniors are increasingly living long and
lives, they may need housing with additional services at some point
or, a couple may find that one of them needs more care than can be
provided by other senior housing types.
ē Nursing home/specialty homes- Referred to as skilled nursing
facilities or rest homes, nursing homes are communities that provide
continual nursing care for people who have significant deficiencies
with activities of daily living. While other types of senior housing
provide communal dining areas or organized activities, nursing homes
can provide 24-hour medical care and physical therapy.
Donít underestimate the value of a family meeting. Instead of taking
on the task of figuring out how to take care of mom and dad all on
your own, ask your siblings, aunts, uncles and friends for help. Form
a to-do list that you can all contribute too and break up the jobs so
that you are not the only one shouldering all the work.
Open your eyes and ears to advice. Word of mouth is the best way to
learn about nursing homes, adult day care and other assisted living
communities or senior centers that other people trust. Lastly, donít
forget your local YMCA, public library and online bulletin boards,
these places are gold mines for information and can offer so much
advice, assistance and support.
About the Author:
About the author: Melissa Peterman is a web content specialist for
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