Caring for an Aging Parent
There are many resources
and guides available to caregivers in a crisis. Our family
caregiver resource center focal points can help direct you
to social services in Southern Illinois.
If your loved one lives elsewhere, the
Locator can direct you to services in that
The following questions can help you prioritize the steps you
and your parent might need to take when working through a crisis.
- How might the crisis change your parent's life? How will
it affect your life?
- Does or will your parent need to take prescriptions? Will there be a
need for physical or occupational therapy or psychotherapy? Is it likely
your parent's condition may worsen? How soon?
- Does your parent have a Living
Will, Power of Attorney for Health Care and Property?
- Will your parent need long-term care or increasing levels of care?
Will you need to discuss relocation to other
or assisted living options or a nursing home? Does your parent have a
Care Insurance policy in place that covers some of the costs involved with in-home
or nursing home care?
- Does your parent need to repair or adapt
his or her home so he or she can return home after the emergency, sell it to
finance a move, or rent it for income?
- Will your parent be able to use local services? How will the service
expenses be paid? Is the service offered on a sliding-fee scale where a person's
fee is based on their level of income?
- Do you and your parent need the services
of a professional Care Coordinator? Will a one-time
needs assessment suffice or will ongoing monitoring and assessment be required?
- Nursing Home Care- Who pays?
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