Every day, families across the world find themselves in an entirely new world. The reality that mom and dad can no longer live on their own is a bit terrifying. Now what?
Caregiving isn’t something we think about until it’s thrust upon us. And from that moment on, we scramble to make the right choices.
If mom or dad can no longer live on their own, the best choice is to move them out of their home and into someplace safe where they’ll be well taken care of, right? In reality, that thought process may be all wrong.
We usually find ourselves considering caregiving options for one of three reasons:
1. A sudden change in health – it may be recovery from a surgery or a diagnosis of a chronic illness
2. A decline in daily living – you usually start to notice it in little things. They may show weight-loss from losing interest in preparing daily meals. They may allow newspapers and mail to accumulate in a corner.
3. A change in capabilities – they may get confused on what medications to take at what time of the day. They may lose their ability to drive.
Yet while each of these changes can open your eyes to the fact that mom or dad needs help, it’s the kind of help that will set the course for their future well-being. [Read more…]