We wanted to share this article from www.vibrantnation.com that talks about visiting our aging parents over the holidays. When we, as adult children, start to notice the subtle changes in our parents, it’s time to start thinking about their future care. Enjoy this article and if you come to the decision that your family may need information about in home caregivers, contact At Your Side Home Care.
Home for the Holidays – How to Have the C-A-R-E Conversation℠
by Sherri Snelling
Life is a voyage that is homeward bound.
This holiday season, many of us will be heading home. Back to the place where we grew up, where we learned to ride a bike, where our buried treasures are still in the backyard, where we walk through the front door and the memories of being a kid are still in the air.
But, you are not a kid any longer. Your parents are getting older and this year might be a different homecoming. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, of the 44 million family members caring for a loved one over the age of 50, approximately seven million are long-distance caregivers who live two hours or more from their loved one.
On this holiday visit, you may feel that mom is complaining more about her arthritis and can no longer reach the top shelf for the gravy boat. She has also lost a lot of weight and looks more fragile navigating the stairs.
Or perhaps dad, once gregarious and cheery, is forgetting where he keeps putting his car keys or has become withdrawn, quiet and cannot complete his thoughts during conversation.
You realize somehow that things have changed. While you will soon be returning to your life and routine after the holidays, you are worried about what these changes might mean for the future care and safety of your parents.
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The caregivers at At Your Side Home Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your in home care needs. At Your Side is a home care agency providing quality and affordable caregivers in Houston and the surrounding areas. Call 832-271-1600 for more information.