It's difficult to witness the deterioration of physical or mental abilities in an aging parent, grandparent or other loved one. Whether or not we're well-equipped or prepared, the reality remains that many of us will be tasked with making impactful decisions associated with caring for an elderly loved one. Since 80 to 90 percent of elderly people would choose to reside in their own homes as long as possible, as opposed to a nursing home or independent care, the new role for elderly caregivers can be challenging. Leaving an aging parent home alone can be stressful and pose a major issue if they fall with no one around to help or are unable to follow hospital discharge regimens or daily routines on their own.
Prepare To Care: A Planning Guide For Families
Most people understand that it’s helpful to plan for the future. But when it comes to caring for an aging relative, many families don’t have a plan until there is a problem.
Lack of planning doesn’t mean a lack of commitment. Families often avoid discussions about the future because they don’t want to think about changes in the lives of the people they love most.
Think a caregiving crisis won’t happen in your family? Today, 30 million households are providing care for an adult over the age of 50 – and that number is expected to double over the next 25 years. For many of us, our lives will include caring for an aging parent or relative. And as the nation grows older, the need for care giving will be as common as the need for child care.
So, if you have not yet begun to discuss a caregiving plan with your family, it’s not too late. It doesn’t matter who starts the conversation. What really matters is that every family has the opportunity to talk about creating a caregiving plan for their loved ones based on the needs and wishes of those who will be receiving the care.
The AARP Foundation has developed a guide to help you and other family members discuss and create a caregiving plan for yourself, aging parent, other relative, close friend or neighbor. To read more and to download the guide, click here (http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving/info-04-2010/prepare-to-care.html)
The transition from independence to needing a caregiver is an emotionally trying time for everyone involved. Your family can rest assured knowing your loved one is fully protected with us since Meridian Home Care is one of the first Home Care Agencies to be compliant with the new regulations and receive our HCO License number.
This means our clients can continue to depend on us to provide quality in-home care services. We already have specially trained, certified caregivers who have gone through extensive background checks, and are early adopters of the new regulations California has required of Home Care Agencies. You can rest assured that Meridian Home Care will continue to meet the requirements set forth by the State to provide you the best care possible.
Please feel free to call us with any questions. We have the experience and resources to help with even the most challenging of situations.
Meridian Home Care4545 Murphy Canyon Rd., Suite 204
San Diego, CA 92123
San Diego (858) 529-1886
North County (760) 659-7979