Welcome to Elder Care Helper, an online resource that helps you find the long-term care you need by bringing clarity to your choices and guidance to your planning. Specifically, it helps you:
My last post was all about how you, as a non-professional, can use the processes and tools that care managers use to become a better caregiver—and reduce your level of stress. The only stress greater than the burden of care is the stress of uncertainty. And a care plan reduces uncertainty.
In my last post, I wrote about Helen. Her story was an example of care done well. Helen had a good relationship with her children, her son and daughter got along well, and each cared deeply about their mother. They evaluated her needs, discussed ideas with Helen, made a plan to care with her and shared the responsibility of providing the specific care and supporting Helen needs.
Helen’s story provides an example of how a family can come together in a complimentary way to care for an aging parent. Helen is aging well. She is 88, about to be 89, and in good health. She lives independently at home and is financially secure due to her frugal ways and her modest lifestyle. She still drives, although these days she only goes out during the day to places that are familiar to her.