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:
No one plans to become a family caregiver. It happens. Sometimes we become caregivers gradually. Our aging spouse or parent needs help with a few activities, such as grocery shopping, household chores, doctor appointments. As time goes on the need for assistance increases until one day we realize that we are spending many hours a week ‘helping out’. Other times a medical crisis is the precipitating event.
Let’s talk about what happens if you experience a health crisis, are unable to make decisions for yourself and do not have advance care directives in place.
All of us can count on the fact that we will need care giving or be called upon to be a caregiver at some point in our lives. Yet most of us don’t want to think about it. As a result, it takes us by surprise when Dad has a stroke, or Mom breaks a hip, a spouse is diagnosed with cancer or when we learn we have multiple sclerosis—and we find ourselves unprepared.