Providing Quality of Living For Your Elderly Loved One
David Johnson, MSW, MSA
The decision to place a loved one in Assisted Living is one of the most difficult decisions family members have to make. It can be exhausting physically, psychologically and emotionally. All too commonly, the decision to move to Assisted Living is forced as a result of an unforeseen crisis: A fall…a stroke or cardiac event…deterioration in functioning as a result of the progression of dementia or Alzheimer’s. What choices does your loved one have? Can your loved one live alone with assistance? What is their quality of life?
Putting an elderly care plan in place can be a difficult task to do alone. And knowing which options to choose become overwhelming. Families wonder, “Maybe we can stop in every day and check on them…We could hire a care giver for a few hours a day…” Questions arise, “What if that is not enough? Will Mom be safe? Will Mom know what to do if there is an emergency?” Additional care and support may be required, especially if the individual is unable to maintain their own safety and unable to care for their own physical and medical needs.
Some elderly people live alone and don’t want to become a burden to their children. They become frustrated will the losses that occur in the process of aging. Others deal with chronic disease that over time takes its devastating toll. People remain in their home in hopes to maintain their quality of life, but instead decline because they are in denial about their current situation. Quality of life becomes an issue of maintaining “ones” independence, self respect, integrity, comfort, being cared for, and safety. It also means peace of mind for you!
If you need to make a care decision for your loved one and do not know where to turn, contact CarePatrol. A Care Patrol Certified Senior Advisor will join with you to clarify and define your loved one’s needs in a CareDiscovery. Once completed, your CarePatrol Senior Advisor will make recommendations to insure the “Safest” and most appropriate care options are made available to you and your family. Call CarePatrol today and allow CarePatrol to help at 866-560-5656