You have probably been dreading it for quite some time, but the time has come for you to discuss long term elder care with your parents. Ongoing elderly health care is often a topic of great debate and contention between adult children and their parents. This is because the perception of many seniors when it comes to long term elder care is that this type of arrangement is meant specifically to remove their independence and freedom of choice. It is critical when you approach this important discussion with your parents that you assure them that your goal is establishing the elderly health care arrangement that is at once comfortable for your parents, and gives you peace of mind knowing that they are safe, healthy and happy.
A primary focus of your long-term elder care discussion with your parents should be determining which type of care would be most appropriate for them. If both of your parents have relatively equal levels of physical and cognitive health, the decision can be much easier. Discuss with them the option of home care for the elderly, as well as transitioning into an assisted living facility.
Explain the benefits of both, and allow your parents to offer their opinion and discuss their feelings regarding both options. It is likely that they will agree on which arrangement is most appropriate and desirable for them, but it is not necessarily the case that you will agree with this decision. In this situation you must remember that your aging parents are still individuals, and as long as they are cognitively capable of making a decision regarding their care, it is your responsibility as their family caregiver to respect this decision and establish the care arrangements that they desire.
If your parents are dealing with vastly different levels of physical and cognitive needs, however, the decision as to which type of elderly health care arrangement would be best for them may be much more difficult. In this situation it may be beneficial to contact an elderly home care services agency to provide more information that can help you make the decision confidently. In this situation, and if your aging parents are incapable of making of beneficial decision for themselves, you may need to stand your ground and make the decision that you feel would keep your parents healthiest and safest. Make the discussion regarding ongoing elder care cooperative, but also ensure that during this conversation you let your parents know that you are trying to make the decision that will give them the best care for their needs, and that you are doing it because you love them.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of elder care in Memorial, TX contact the caregivers at At Your Side Home Care. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (832) 271-1600 for more information.
Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.
Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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