When I give presentations to families who are concerned about needing home care for themselves and their loved ones, I always ask, “Who wants to go to a nursing home?” Not surprisingly, no one ever raises their hand.
Home for most of us has signifcance, history and a comfortable feeling like no other – a place where the rest of the world stops and connections are made. As we age, sometimes challenges surface – getting around may become more difficult, or remembering to take medications, or safely peparing meals. We are at a higher risk for falls or trips to the emergency room, and our family gets concerned.
So what can you do?
Talking to your family and your doctor about your concerns and fears is a place to start. Let them know what you want, but consider the issues at hand.
When family members are available and able to help with care needs, caregiver’s must be aware of “burnout” signals, such as fatigue, relationship issues or health problems. Sometimes, selecting the “right” in-home cargiver, day care center, assisted living community, or nursing home (when needed), ensures optimal quality of life for the individual needing care, the right setting allows family members continued opportunity to connect.
When setting goals for the year ahead, remember to review and update estate planning documents and have that conversation with the doctor and or family members to discuss and protect what matters most!
For assitance with long-term care planning for you or a loved one, please contact me at 630-377-3241.
Linda M. Strohschein