As the national life expectancy increases, sooner or later most families have to face decisions about how to care for grandma and grandpa. It’s important to know what our options are in determining what will be best for our elderly family members.
For some families, the logical approach is to have the individual move in with one of their children. It’s important for the children to discuss how they will make this work. Will the other children watch the parent at times so the primary caregiver can take a break? Who will be responsible to oversee financial needs of the parent? Will decisions about medical needs be made jointly or by the primary caregiver?
The caregiver should be aware that there often is help available. Home health services can provide services such as therapy, or even help bathing. Adult daycare centers can give the caregiver a much-needed break.
In cases where the children are not able to care for the parent in their homes, a nursing home can be a good solution. Check the reputation of area nursing homes before making the choice. Above all, stay involved. Even if the individual doesn’t seem to recognize you, they will be comforted by the special attention, and it will help you be sure they are getting the best care.
For questions on the legal aspects of caring for the needs of the elderly, the services of an Elder Care attorney can be well worth the investment.
Above all, keep in mind that how you treat your parents as they age is setting an example for your children on how they should treat you someday!
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Paid for by Dr. Jim Hines for Governor; P.O. Box 5595, Saginaw, MI 48603