Planning and Being Proactive are Important Steps to Caregiving
Two options to help elder caregivers came to my attention.
First, an article was sent to me by a caregiver from the "Seattle Times" entitled "Elder-care planning talk is key for seniors, and their adult children."
The highlights were:
- Our parents are mortal.
- They will likely need care at some point.
- Getting involved in planning while they are still able to make their own decisions is beneficial.
- What do they want us to know?
- What role do they want us to play in a crisis?
- Know where the deed to their home is located or where bills are kept should you need to take over during a hospitalization.
- Starting a conversation with these points in mind may be one of the most difficult conversations you and your parents will have, but will cover information we need to have.
- We also will be there someday. This information could help us to plan for our own aging.
- A 2001 AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) study discovered 75 percent of adult children concerned about eldercare plans; one third never discuss these thoughts with their parents.
- Know what kind of care is available in their area ahead of a crisis. In home and out of home options if they can no longer live independently.
Secondly, is a list of web sites about various disease processes that can be helpful to caregivers and their older loved ones.
The sites listed below will give support and information about:
- Stroke; (support and information for caregivers)
- Alzheimer's Disease; (recent research, support, disease information)
- Heart Disorders
- Arthritis Information and Arthritis Support
For home services, other resources, housing options nationwide: Contact the ElderLocator: www.eldercare.gov or call (800) 677-1116.
If you have questions about how this works, what you could expect, or for support, call me.
Lincoln Area Agency on Aging LIFE (Lincoln Information For the Elderly) office/ElderCare Connection