Long Term Care
Emotionally and financially it was best for our family to move him from the rehabilitative facility to home care. The social worker at the nursing home walked my Mother through the financial steps of what his long-term care would look like and it just didn’t make sense for us to keep him there. He was such a picky eater that he would never regain his strength of be able to fight off his illnesses with the facility’s food as his primary nourishment.
My Mother decided to make the most of our home’s first floor family room by moving his hospital bed there. Every meal – breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks – she prepared and sometimes puréed so he could eat. She found an at-home care service with daily nurse care that was covered by insurance. A local complimentary hospice service supported by volunteer who’d completed thorough background checks – allowed her some time to herself. Each week a volunteer, Joe, came to stay with my Father so my Mother could attend weekly prayer service.
In the end, it came together as beautifully as we needed for him to be cared for and respected, for my Mother to have the flexibility she needed.
But what if my Mother wasn’t retired and able to stay home full-time? What if their insurance didn’t cover the bulk of the cost for his in-home care?
I recommend you have these long term care conversations with your parents, grandparents, siblings and your spouse ASAP. Learn more about how to have a conversation with our loved ones when you watch this video from CareConversations.org:
When you visit the CareConversations.org site, you’ll find easy to navigate menus. Invite your elderly loved one to look at the site with you, watch the interactive videos and search for solutions. I liked the bright colors, large font and photos that makes it easier to view. Make your parents or grandparents part of the decision making process so they feel in control of their future and well-being.
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