Table of Contents
You Can Do This!
Check Home Safety
Prepare a Grab-and-Go Bag
Communication Binder: For Your Reference
Legally Honoring Your Parent’s Health Wishes
Accompany Your Parent to a Doctor’s Appointment
Thinking About Yourself and the Future as a Caregiver
Staying Sane in the Emergency Room
Tips for a Successful Hospital Discharge
Home From the Hospital
Care for Yourself…or Else!
When Mom Says “No Way” to Paid Help
Getting Started with Paid Help
Using a Geriatric Care Manager
Are you caring for an aging parent, handling one thing after another, surviving one crisis, and then the next?
Are you in a calm time, wondering how to prepare for the time when your parent starts slowing down?
Either way, this book is for you.
You may be helping your parents and notice it can be challenging. Our relationship with our parents can be crazy-making. Being consumed with our own lives, the addition of helping manage parents can send us ‘round the bend, even though we love them.
I think elder care today is an exhausting, emotionally taxing adventure, sprinkled with some life-changing loving moments and funny spells, too. This is lonely work; often it’s just one of us doing most of the assisting. Decades ago we would have had many relatives close by to help. Unfortunately, our elder care system is segmented, often not providing the support the whole family needs.