It is always a great idea to plan for the future, and one way your family can start is by having family meetings and discuss a caregiving plan to make sure that an aging parent is as safe as possible for as long as possible. Amy Goyer, AARP’s Caregiving Expert. Ms. Goyer says, “Whether you are caring for a family member or a friend after a hospitalization or health crisis, or you’re gradually increasing support over time, you’ll have less stress and more success if you create a caregiving plan for yourself.” She suggests that a simple plan gives you practical information, a framework and prospective which raises your comfort and confidence as a caregiver. From an article by Ms. Goyer on the AARP website, here are some key components to include in your plan:
Did you know that every 35 minutes an older American dies as the result of a fall? The deaths of newscaster David Brinkley, the “weight-loss guru,” Doctor Robert Atkins, i.e., the famous “Atkins diet,” and former Washington Post owner Katharine Graham all resulted from traumatic brain and head injuries precipitated by falls.
Many people have heard the term “hospice,” but most don’t really understand what it means. Even though this is a very sad and difficult issue, it is very important that you have enough advanced knowledge and advanced preparation so that before you are admitted to hospice services you have enough information to know when to make that call. Hospice provides care for people with a terminal illness. But hospice isn’t only about dying. Hospice is about living as fully as possible for as long as possible. With a team of compassionate people focused on alleviating suffering and pain, hospice care brings comfort, dignity and peace to help people with a life-limiting illness and provides support for the family and friends who love and care for them.