While there is no cut and dried solution to ease the burden of senior care, there are viable options that should be taken in the best interests of both the aging parent and the primary caregiver. If there are siblings, a family meeting should be held to discuss how other brothers and sisters can best assist in the needed care, whether it is in terms of spending time with the parent to ease the burden or as a monetary commitment towards in-home companionship or health care providers. A support system for the caregiver needs to be organized, and resources should be contacted on local, state, and national levels. The following are excellent sources for information and assistance:
- The Council on Aging, which is typically found on a county or regional level
- Community senior centers, which often have meal and visiting services
- The American Association of Retired Persons (Aarp.org) has a special section for senior care and caregivers
- The National Family Caregiver’s Association (Nfcacares.org ) is another excellent place to receive information on available help
- Senior Resource (SeniorResource.com ) lists resources by state, and includes Canadian provinces
- Family Caregiver Alliance (Caregiver.org) has extensive information and tips for senior home care providers
The key is to start building a support system for your senior care and those charged with senior home care, and to do it in a timely manner-that is, before the caregiver can no longer cope with the needs of the aging parent. This will ensure that your senior will be able to continue living independently, and that the primary caregiver will stay healthy in mind, body, and spirit while providing the best care possible in their parent’s golden years.
Robin Hewitt is a freelance writer working with Visiting Angels to help educate people about issues and problems concerning senior care. To learn more about senior home care, visit our website.
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