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Preparing for the Future with Elderly Care- A Caregiver's Story

Posted: 2/27/2014 4:33 PM by Interim HealthCare
Preparing for the Future with Elderly Care- A Caregiver's Story

I never thought that I would have to sit down in the hospital waiting room, anticipating what the doctor may have to say about my father’s health, but there I was, and I wasn’t sitting; I was pacing. I know that it was driving my sister crazy and my mother wasn’t too fond of my nervousness, by I couldn’t help it. We kept hoping that everything would be okay and that we would be able to bring my father home soon, but there was always that risk that we’d never see him again.

When we were finally given word that the surgery went well and he would make a full recovery from his heart attack, the relief was almost palpable. I could hear my mother quietly weeping behind me as I spoke with the doctor who told me that things were going to be different for a while and that we should consider hiring an elderly care provider.

None of us had ever thought about elderly care and honestly, I didn’t know where to begin. I know that my mother’s health was an issue at times and that my father had been the one taking care of her for more than a couple of years. I didn’t know what would happen now if he wasn’t the same person and couldn’t do the things that he had done before.

We sat there in the hospital as we waited for word that my father was awake and that we could go in and visit with him and we talked about the future. It was future that seemed so dark now, even though he had pulled through. My sister, though, seemed to know quite a bit about elderly care and it was good to listen to her tell us about the various options that were available to my father.

He could rely on an elderly care provider for a couple of days a week, and that the caregiver would be able to help my mother as well. I think this was a conversation that we should have had when my mother first fell ill and I’m just glad that my sister was already preparing for the future.

My mother wasn’t sure what to do, but she understood her limitations. We were able to agree that we would hire someone to help both of them out for now, and then see how they fared in time. The future, when it comes to elderly care, is now, even if you don’t think that your loved one needs the help at the moment.

If you or an aging loved one needs elderly care, please contact Interim HealthCare today. G+

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