There will likely come a time when the care of an elderly family member's exceed the limits of what the immediate family can provide. It is at that time that the family will begin researching in-home care and/or assistance.
Did you know the cost to employers of full time employees that are dealing with "intense caregiving" responsibilities totals more than $33 billion? This was uncovered in a study conducted several years ago by the MetLife Mature Market Institute so the numbers are actually expected to be higher at this time.
Aging in place and retaining the ability to drive are two hallmarks of independence and having to give up either of these could be a struggle. The difficulty with taking away the car keys is that your aging parents may truly believe they are still safe to be on the road and behind the wheel.
Moving is stressful regardless of age, but when the senior in your life is considering a move whether it's due to a lifestyle change, health or retirement, it's crucial that the lines of communication are always open.
As we age our bodies slow down and require special care and consideration. Along with our bodies, our minds and mental faculties deteriorate and as caregivers we need to be cognizant of these changes and pay special attention to the needs of our aging relatives.
At some point, it may become necessary to open the doors of your home and invite your aging parents to move in; whether they've suffered a stroke, trip or fall accident, other health issue or if old age has simply made it impossible for them to live alone, family members need to have a plan in place.
Communication with aging relatives can put a strain on a relationship, especially if your relatives have moved into an assisted living facility. Being unable to live independently because of self-care or other health issues makes keeping the lines of communication open more of a challenge.
Many reasons exist for seniors, families, or caregivers to consider a home medical alert system. Ongoing health issues can certainly be one reason to purchase medical alarms and are the most obvious. Yet, knowing what constitutes a health risk is also important to identify.