When the people closest to us in life begin to show signs of aging, it’s natural to question what that means for their current and future well-being. And when those questions arise, open lines of communication should quickly be established.
In an earlier Freedom Home Care blog post, we looked at PBS’s Caring for your Parents web page, which said that “ideally these conversations should happen before there is a crisis.” If an elder's ability to do certain things begins to diminish, it’s important to talk openly and soon, keeping in mind that often, they will be relieved to talk about their own fears and concerns.
Once a family
recognizes an aging loved one’s changing needs, it is then important to determine what level of care or assistance may be necessary as well as who will provide that care. If the decision for in-home care is made, Freedom Home Care can help identify to what degree.
Freedom Home Care’s in-home consultation and assessment is a chance for family members to get recommendations on the appropriate type and amount of care as well as an overview of programs and services that may be necessary down the road as needs change. Potential clients can also interview caregivers prior to making a commitment.
There are also a lot of online resources to tap into that can help with the process of establishing a care plan. The AARP and the Administration on Aging are just one of many websites to help families prepare for long-term care.