Why the Holidays are the Perfect Time to Connect with Aging Parents

Why the Holidays are the Perfect Time to Connect with Aging Parents

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While it would be wonderful if we could check in our elderly parents every day or every week, for most people this is simply not possible. Thankfully, for most people the holidays provide a rare opportunity to spend quality time with elderly loved ones and get a real feel for how they are doing.

At Physician’s Choice we know it can be difficult to know exactly what to look for when assessing how a parent is doing. This is especially true since many parents will try to conceal any problems they may be having. In light of this fact, you need to carefully look for any signs of trouble. What follows are some of the most important things to look out for: Read more

How Home Care Assistance Benefits All Seniors

How Home Care Assistance Benefits All Seniors

Home Care Assistance Benefits All Seniors

Conventional wisdom is that an elderly parent must be ill before you make the call to bring in home care. The truth is, home care offers much more than just medical care and its benefits extend far beyond the physical. Read more

Looking After an Elderly Parent? Home Health Care Can Help

Taking care of an elderly parent and managing a job and family can seem overwhelming at times. And balancing these responsibilities is a sure recipe for burnout. Unfortunately, many people feel that they can only reach out for help if their parent has a serious medical issue. Thankfully, this isn’t the case. Home health care can help with the day-to-day care of seniors and lessen the load adult children carry.

 

Throwing In The Towel: The 6 Most Important Questions to Ask When You Want to Quit Caregiving

Throwing In The Towel

Shouldering the responsibility of caring for an elderly parent can be extremely difficult. But have no fear, there is help out there! Read more

The Importance of Companion Care for Seniors

THE IMPORTANCE OF COMPANION CARE FOR SENIORS
Few children would hesitate to step in if their elderly parent needed a little help around the house. Further, if a parent seemed lonely, who wouldn’t come over and spend some time with them? Things get tricky, however, when you find yourself spending more and more time with your parent to the detriment of your other responsibilities.

Unfortunately, there are only so many hours in a day and it can be difficult to balance the demands of a job, family and an elderly parent. Many adult children burn themselves out because they are unable to free themselves of unrealistic expectations. In other words, they refuse to ask for help in caring for their elderly parent because they feel as if they have to be everything to everyone. Read more

Why Smart Homes are Keeping Seniors at Home Longer

Why Smart Homes are Keeping Seniors at Home Longer

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According to the American Association of Retired Persons, 90 percent of older adults would prefer to stay in their homes as long as possible. This comes as no surprise to most people.

What may come as a surprise, however, is the pivotal role technology plays when it comes to keeping seniors at home. And it isn’t just seniors who are happy about this new technology. Adult children appreciate the peace of mind that comes with knowing their parent is safe at home, and that if something does go wrong with their loved one, they will be alerted immediately. They also appreciate that equipping their parent’s home with smart technology is significantly less expensive than moving them to an assisted living facility or a nursing home. Read more

How is technology allowing seniors to age in place?

How is technology allowing seniors to age in place?

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Conventional wisdom is that seniors are unable to stay at home after a certain point because it is too dangerous. Most articles agree that technology is helping seniors stay at home—even by themselves—for a great deal longer than ever before. At Physician’s Choice, we think that just because your parent is living alone, doesn’t mean you have to leave that parent on their own. Read more

How can I make sure my parents have their “affairs in order?”

How can I make sure my parents have their “affairs in order?”

What does it mean to have your “affairs in order?” What do you do about your elderly parents affairs? It’s a delicate conversation and one we’ve helped families with for over a decade. Here are some resources you’ll find valuable if you have to engage in such a conversation.  Read more

How to Talk to Parents about Getting their Affairs in Order

How to Talk to Parents about Getting their Affairs in Order

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As your parents age, you want to be sure that you can spend as much quality time with them as possible. You also want to make sure that you are not so overwhelmed with financial and legal matters that you are too distracted to enjoy this precious time.

Unfortunately, many adults find themselves blindsided by the red tape involved in caring for their parents. In many cases, they incorrectly assume that their parents have all of their affairs in order and everything has been taken care of in advance.

There are a number of reasons why an aging parent or other relative fails to get their affairs in order. Many people simply don’t want to accept the fact that they may become incapacitated someday. Read more

What will happen when your parents can no longer take care of themselves?

What will happen when your parents can no longer take care of themselves?

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Conventional wisdom is that most people put off getting their affairs in order because it is a hard subject to talk about. This means adult children will have a difficult time when they need to take over the care of their parents. Read more

Caring for an Aging Parent without Going Broke

Caring for an Aging Parent without Going Broke

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Most adult children would like nothing better than to care for their aging parents. After all, these are the people who raised them and worked hard to give them the best lives possible.Most adult children would like nothing better than to care for their aging parents. After all, these are the people who raised them and worked hard to give them the best lives possible.

The reality is, however, that many adult children are understandably concerned about taking on the financial responsibility that comes with caring for their parents. Medicare generally doesn’t cover long-term stays in a nursing home and even if a family has Medigap, private health insurance won’t cover many expenses. Read more