This article will review some of the key components of universal design, particularly those that relate to seniors. These points can be used as a starting point if you’re considering renovating your parent’s home, or as a list of items to look for if you’re selecting a new residence for an elderly family member – or even as you’re thinking about your own future.
Nearly every culture expects filial responsibility. It’s such an ordinary expectation that it seems like common sense: parents raise their children, and when they’re elderly or infirm, their children take care of them, returning their love and support.
But what happens to expectations of filial responsibility when children feel that they never received love and support from their parents, or that parental love and support had unfair conditions attached? What happens to those expectations when your relationship with your aging parent is difficult, uncomfortable, or painful?
These are hard questions for children who have negative relationships with their parents. There are no easy answers, but as with all aspects of senior care, there are many possible options.
Every profession uses their own terminology to identify particular roles. But it can be difficult to understand exactly what a title signifies if you are not a part of that environment, or it is not entrenched in popular culture. We have a general idea (although exaggerated) of what forensics involves because of the show CSI and its spinoffs. Home health care has yet to make the same splash. To remove much of that uncertainty, we are going to focus on one particular role in home care—the home health aide.