Your parents have cared for you from the moment you were born. They’ve raised you to the best of their ability. They’ve also made sacrifices to give you things they never had, and now they need your help. In the back of your mind and in the front of your heart, you know they need and deserve your care and attention.
You are pulled in multiple directions on any given day: stressful job, long commute and a family of your own. Not living under the same roof as your parents makes it even more difficult to be at peace, wondering if everything is okay. Questions run through your mind such as: is dad safe, did he eat lunch, and did he take his medication today?
Feelings of guilt creep in, wishing life afforded you more time to be with your parents. Nursing home care is always an option, but mom or dad would never agree to that. However, having someone there to proactively address medical needs, coordinate health and personal care and also take them to their doctors’ appointments would make a huge difference and be a big help.
As the sole decision maker, it is difficult to know if the right choices are being made. Consulting with doctors provides some guidance, but sometimes it’s just not enough. You need to understand all of the care options to make the best choice for your family. Relying on anecdotal information from friends and co-workers is not exactly what you are looking for. Turning to trusted healthcare professionals is the only logical choice.
If this scenario sounds familiar, we have a brand new solution for Monmouth county families: Beacon of LIFE, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.
Our Beacon of Life Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program offers comprehensive care in an adult day care setting. A team of health care professionals is on-site to make sure participant needs are met and goals are achieved. PACE programs provide a variety of healthcare, recreational and personal services in one location and offers transportation to the center and other healthcare appointments as needed.
Being on a fixed income may be a concern and could be preventing your family from asking for help. PACE programs are covered by Medicare and Medicaid, so in many cases, this worry can be eliminated.
For continued reading, please see The Sandwich Generation – Rising Financial Burdens for Middle-Aged Americans, by Kim Parker and Eileen Patten.
To learn more about our new program for the elderly, click here!