It was a great holiday visit. You saw parents and siblings, some of whom it’s been months or years. While reminiscing is great you also noticed others aged, noticeably, a little grayer, a little frailer. The greatest concern you should have is for Mom or Dad. They are the family elders and they are at greatest risk in their late 70s and 80s. The indicators are: holding onto furniture to steady themselves as they walk, asking you to repeat yourself in conversation, falling asleep mid-day during the party, confusing you with your sibling and eating little.
I urge you to take action, help assure your parents as safe and sound as they age. Do these three things: 1. be sure someone in the family has legal authority to conduct Mom and Dad’s business, they will be the financial decision maker 2. Get an advance health care directive, a template is available at the California State Consumer Affairs website, to specify what happens when Mom and Dad are too ill, 3. Be aware of care alternatives as Mom and Dad age. These include in-home care, independent living, assisted living and memory care communities.
Ellen and I started Nightingale Senior Care because we went through these same events with our parents and recognized that even the most forward thinking families resist planning for aging parents. Nightingale Senior Care employs caregivers that help Mom and Dad live more safely at home, doing light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, assisting with bathing and more. Most seniors want to live in their own home as they age. We make that easier for them and for you.
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