There are signs to watch for that will tell you when your elderly loved one needs help at home.
It is no secret that we are living longer. In fact, the life expectancy for women in the U.S. is 81.2 years and for males, it’s 76.4 years.
Still, that doesn’t mean that elderly parents or relatives will always be spry and able to easily manage their activities of daily living. How can you tell if your loved one needs help at home?
You don’t want to offend them by imposing something on them, but at the same time you don’t want something to happen that could have been avoided, had there been some assistance in place. Here are some signs to watch for:
If your parent loses a mate, spouse or life partner, he or she may need a good deal of emotional and practical support. If you are close to your parent’s mate you may need support too. Family members, friends, neighbors and even grief groups are all good places to turn to for comfort during this time. Here are some tasks and decisions you may need to help your parent face.
Dealing with Property In some circumstances, your parent will have to act as executor in dealing with their mate’s estate and there may be a lot to do. You may need to help with such things as sorting through their records for a will or collecting insurance and other benefits. Take it one step at time and know that there are always resources to help you and your parent out. Continue Reading How to Help When Your Parents Lose a Life Partner →
The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is difficult enough, but families also need to decide which one is the best choice. There are so many options, so how do you know which one is right?
Nursing homes provide 24-hours patient care, home-like environment, ensure proper nutrition and have skilled nurses. What else needs to be considered in choosing the right place? What steps should you take in selecting one for your loved one?
Make a checklist and get every question answered before selecting which home you believe is best.
1. Do Your Research: The first step in selecting a nursing home is to seek referrals. Talk with your doctor, long-term care professionals, hospital discharge planners, social workers and friends and family. Speaking with them can help you clarify issues and focus on your needs. Makes sure that the patient and members of the family are all involved in the decision-making process. Continue Reading Choosing the Right Nursing Home →