If you have time to plan for the care your parents may need next week, next month, or next year, it’s easier to make arrangements. If you’re tossed into the proverbial deep end after a health emergency, you’ll be making those same arrangements in a rush.
When you’re rushed, it’s often easier to overlook important details into the care your parents need. Make sure you’re not overlooking anything by following this guide of questions to consider.
How Often Can You Help Out?
Your parents need help throughout the day, but you work a full-time job. If your options are quit to help them or try to balance their care with your job, it can be better to have senior care aides helping out. If you quit your job, you could lose out on your own retirement savings, health insurance coverage, and income.
Some people can afford to quit, but others need that money. If you need the money, it’s nothing to feel guilty about. You have bills to pay and a household to maintain, and a job is a key to those goals. If you don’t have time to help out, you have to be honest with your family.
How Often Are Your Parents Alone and Lonely?
Being alone can lead to loneliness. If you and your brothers and sisters can only visit on weekends, there’s the chance that your parents are lonely for the rest of the week. Companionship services are something families often fail to consider.
Your parents can be independent when it comes to keeping the house clean and cooking meals. They may only need someone to stop by for conversation. Consider arranging to have caregivers stop by for an afternoon tea or to join your parents for an afternoon walk.
How Much Will Pride Get in the Way?
Even with calm parents who seem to get along with anyone, pride may get in the way. Your mom may become embarrassed that she has to have someone cooking her meals. Your dad may hate having to ask someone else to drive. As a result, resistant attitudes may appear and lead to frustration.
Pride may keep your parents from wanting to ask for help or accept it. Don’t scold them if they do refuse help. Let them try and once they’ve tried and struggled, they may realize they have no choice but to accept help.
It can be easier for them to take help from professional senior care aides than their own children. Don’t force them to accept your help. Ask if they’d be more comfortable having in-home senior care services from a local agency.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE IS CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN HENDERSON, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF SUMMERLIN. 702-800-4616.