Ninety percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, often referred to as “aging in place” but the majority cannot accomplish this. Senior home care typically involves services performed in a senior’s home to help them when they are struggling to perform daily tasks, chronically ill, or recovering from surgery. They need reliable caregivers and/or nurses to assist them with activities of daily living to keep them healthy and safe at home.
Organizing senior care is often a reactive process: your mother or father has a health event, a healthcare professional tells you that they can no longer be home alone, or that they will require certain care services, and you and your siblings scramble to find the best way to deal with this new reality, all while you’re likely still reeling from the realization that your parent is no longer your caregiver - instead, the time has come for you to take care of them.
In this post, we offer some suggestions which will help you flip the search for senior care from a reactive process to a proactive one. By having frank and understanding conversations with your parents, preparing for the unpleasant scenarios you might prefer to avoid thinking about, and keeping your parents’ health and their own preferences in mind as you make decisions as a family, you can make the process of becoming your parent’s caregiver significantly less stressful.
You know your parents are getting older, but are you prepared to step into a decision-making role if a sudden health emergency were to happen?
Do you know where your parents keep important documents? What are your parents’ care preferences and do they have the money to pay for their care? Do you know what your parents’ thoughts are on end-of-life care or life support?
While these questions may seem daunting or too far away to consider, many aging parents haven’t thought about their future care needs, and a sudden health change could cause even more stress without a plan in place.
We’ve all heard the advice that seniors should try to keep their minds as active as possible, even if their physical health is limiting some of their mobility. We’ve heard about all the ways to fight cognitive decline: reading newspapers, playing card games, completing sudoku puzzles, even playing musical instruments. But in our technological age, there are even more activities available to keep seniors mentally active - and they’re available at the click of a button.
This post outlines five different online activities for seniors that provide mental stimulation, promote engagement, and supply entertainment.
Writing a will is a crucial task that provides peace of mind for both you and your loved ones. Once you’ve created a will, you can rest assured that your family will be taken care of and that your assets will be managed appropriately after your passing. A will lets your family members know what your final wishes are, so they can find peace and closure in fulfilling those wishes.
It isn’t necessarily easy to create a will, as we rarely want to consider our own mortality. But it’s important, both for you and your family, that you have a will. The process of creating a will is not overly complicated or expensive, and it is well worth the clarity and comfort it provides.
This post highlights some of the important aspects of will creation. This guide should ensure that you don’t miss any key components when creating your will or helping a loved one create theirs. If you make sure that the will you write includes the following components, it will be legally valid and will stand up to any challenges.
This post gives an overview of CDPAP, a Medicaid program available in the state of New York. This post covers CDPAP eligibility, how to become a CDPAP recipient, CDPAP caregiver qualifications, and the pros and cons of the program. Here, you'll find the facts you need to make informed decisions as a CDPAP consumer.
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.