It begins gradually: helping dad maintain your childhood home, driving mom to her physical therapy appointment or attending doctors’ appointments to act as the second set of ears. More and more middle-aged adults find themselves caring for an aging parent or loved one.
Nearly 10 million adult children over age 50 now care for an aging parent.* According to Pew Research Center, 47 percent of middle-aged adults are caught between raising their children and caring for an aging parent. Dubbed as the sandwich generation, these adults often live dual lives racing from soccer games to parents’ medical appointments.
To add to the complexity of senior care, the Alzheimer’s Association states that one in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease. Before the myriad of affairs in your life becomes unmanageable is the best time to take proactive steps and evaluate the support your aging parent(s) or loved one may need.
Talk to your parents about their care needs, values and preferences. Make sure to involve all siblings in the conversation, and openly discuss family members’ capabilities and limitations. AARP offers ways to break the ice.
Have an open discussion about finances. Health insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement funds and investments all factor into how you will provide care to your parents.
Know your care options. Continuing Care Retirement Communities, home care, adult day services, meal delivery programs, homemaker services and transportation shuttles are some adult care options available. Evaluate the best fit for you and your loved one based on finances, health status and available family support. To find senior care options offered in your community, use the Eldercare Locator at www.eldercare.gov or contact your local agency on aging.
Form a team of helpers. When caring for aging parents, it takes a village. Enlist siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends from church or other organizations to help lighten the load when it comes to paying bills, managing medications, grocery shopping, cooking meals or providing transportation.
When extra help is needed. Sometimes a fall, worsening chronic health condition or a parent’s repetitive trouble managing the activities of daily living require more help than you can offer. Even social signs such as abandoned hobbies, a shrinking social circle or days spent at home in isolation could indicate that your parent or loved one would benefit from living in a retirement community.
Wesley Place On Honeysuckle allows residents to remain self-sufficient, but have support they need close at hand. With a full staff and a complete continuum of care—from assisted living and skilled nursing to rehabilitation and memory care—available on one convenient campus, your loved one will always have access to the services they need. The community is an excellent fit for those who can no longer live on their own, and want to plan for future care accordingly.
Wesley Place on Honeysuckle is introducing a new model of care known as the Household Model. In this person-centered care approach, groups of residents share living spaces including a kitchen, dining room, and living room, while also having their own bedroom, bathroom, and living space.
The Household Model allows residents to continue to be the decision makers in their life. Residents choose when they want to wake up, eat, chat with friends, run errands, exercise, bathe and when they go to bed, just as they do now. It’s another example of how Wesley Place on Honeysuckle always strives to deliver the highest quality of care to its residents.
In a community that caters to individuals, Wesley Place on Honeysuckle’s tradition of faith-based kindness, life-enhancing services and strong community reputation make it an excellent option for your parent or loved one.
To learn more about Wesley Place on Honeysuckle’s enriching, supportive and inclusive environment call 334-792-0921 to schedule your visit.
*US News & World Report: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-best-life/2011/07/18/10-tips-for-caring-for-aging-parents