Unfortunately, life isn’t a smooth, straight road as you grow older.
Your husband could break a hip without a second’s warning or your Mom might simply forget to eat one week. Events that throw you into crisis mode happen more and more frequently as you age. But by taking the proper steps and leveraging the best resources, you can prepare yourself to deal with crisis when it strikes and get your loved one’s life back on track.
Below we have compiled some of the more common crisis situations you might encounter and given you the best game plan to resolve these issues:
1) A neighbor found your mother a mile away from her home. She didn’t know where she was, how she got there or how to find her way back.
Now’s the time to get Mom evaluated for dementia. She may need the security of a dementia unit at a skilled nursing facility or a retirement community.
2) When you visit your 90-year-old aunt, who lives alone, you noticed that she hasn’t bathed and her clothes are dirty. The food in her refrigerator is going bad. She may even be forgetting to take her medication.
Home care or an assisted living facility could help your aunt take care of the important activities of daily living that she’s having trouble with on her own. This interaction could also provide socialization she may be missing.
3) Your husband fell and shattered his pelvis. After he’s released from the hospital, he needs regular physical and occupational therapy, but driving him every day will be a hardship for you as well as cause him undue pain.
With a two or three-week stay in a short-term rehabilitation facility, your husband can receive the concentrated therapy and specialized care he needs and return to his regular activities more quickly. This also gives you the time to prepare your home for his return.
4) You live with your Dad, but worry about whether he’s eating right or mobile enough when you have to go to work during the day.
While you’re away, home care can fill your shoes, if your Dad prefers to remain at home, or if he needs the socialization, adult day care may be the right fit.
5) Your children want to take you on a cruise, but your wife, who suffered a stroke, needs your round-the-clock care.
You can feel confident that a respite care facility will take good care of your wife during the 10 days you are gone and you can enjoy a much-needed vacation!
There are a variety of crises that seniors can encounter that will require your immediate and informed response. By checking out the local resources available to you and your loved ones, including home care, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, hospice, adult day care and respite care, you’ll have solutions—rather than anxiety—should a crisis be around the corner.