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Managing The Home Care Of Aging Parents (from A Distance)

The children of aging parents face a very daunting task, whether they are providing the care themselves, or are responsible for managing home care and in-home assistance. Adult children, who may live across the country or in a different state, have an even more difficult situation in finding home care or finding a home care agency to provide senior care management.There are several options for what to do when aging parents can no longer care for themselves, and these options can sometimes be overwhelming. A first thought might be to turn to an assisted-care facility or nursing home, but adult children should know about other alternatives - some that are less expensive and may provide better quality of care. For instance, one-on-one senior home care or nurse aides who pay visits to the home, or live in the home with the aging parent, can be less costly and can provide the adult child with peace of mind that the aging parent is remaining in the comfort of their own home and being cared for by a team of care providers that have a more personal relationship with the aging parent(s).When an emergency happens and a family needs help immediately, but cannot travel to their parents' location to speak directly with doctors or nurses, the family may have a difficult time assessing the severity of the situation and managing the emergency. In order to make the best decision, a family may consider hiring a Senior Care Manager to help the family and their loved one know all of their options and attain the best possible care.According to Andrea Seewald, LSW, RG, President of Senior Care Consultants in Pittsburgh, PA, "Care Managers can often help the family save money, by helping people remain at home, connecting them to services and/or receiving entitlements". Ms. Seewald goes on to say, "Seldom does one NEED to go to a nursing home! Most care needed by older adults is for assistance with normal daily tasks. An aide or companion can help with these tasks". Senior Care Managers can take on several roles such as advocating and coordinating care while the client is still in the hospital, nursing home, and/or rehab, coordinating and accompanying the client to doctor's appointments, providing one-on-one home care, coordinating household chores, meals, maintenance, paying bills and managing banking needs, and acting as liaison between the family, older adult, physician, attorney and others. When loved ones get sick and medical emergencies happen, no matter if you live in the same house or 3,000 miles away, it can be a very, scary ordeal. It is good to know that there are home care services and caring workers out there who can provide home care assistance and manage the challenges of caring for aging parents.

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