When Your Parents Are Losing Their Independence – Pinnacle Award Winner from NABE!
With record numbers of adults entering their senior years, and many living longer than ever, the need for families to provide quality, manageable at-home care or assisted living care for their aging parents is greater than ever before.
All of a sudden, you have this enormous responsibility placed on your shoulders. The emotional and financial output can seem staggering.
- Your mom may suffer from Alzheimer’s and needs skilled, round-the-clock care.
- Your 89-year-old dad angrily refuses to give up his car keys.
- You are worried sick that your mentally sharp yet physically frail parent will fall and wind up in a wheelchair.
How can you get through this, and provide the best possible quality of life for your parent—without losing yourself in the process?
There Is Hope
The Caregiver’s Cliff Notes: 27 Things To Do When Your Parents Are Losing Their Independence is the book that will help you make it all happen, and give you hope, confidence and the power of joy that you need to carry out your caregiving responsibilities.
Written by Stella Nsong, Registered Nurse, Certified Care Manager, Certified Dementia Practitioner, and Long Term Care Planner — this book gives you quick, powerful action steps to put into use right now!
In caregiving, sometimes love is not enough. You must have certain tools and support in place, because you cannot do it all by yourself. You will understand the steps to take, and take them with the least amount of stress. In doing so, you will find the greatest amount of joy and comfort, and your parent will receive the help he or she so desperately needs.
Here’s what’s inside:
- Suddenly you’re immersed in eldercare “shop talk.” Use the book’s quick primer on eldercare jargon, know the purposes of all those legal documents, and understand the differences between Medicare Parts A, B and D.
- Learn about the Care Manager – this invaluable person can save you a lot of time, energy and stress. Most important, know how to find and contact one in your area.
- Do you know what “balanced” caregiving really is? Once you do, you will immediately begin to see that hope truly abounds for both your aging parent and you. This applies to at-home care, long-distance caregiving, and assisted living situations.
- Find out how to get your parents to listen to you. It’s all about What to say and When to say it. The way you approach your parents about your concerns can have a tremendous impact on how receptive they are.
- Prepare yourself for the role of “Decision Maker.” You may experience guilt, anger, hostility and rejection from your parents when you have to make decisions for them. Get invaluable insights into dealing with your parent’s anger and mistrust towards you, and the reasons behind this stressful situation.
- Learn 7 things you can do to delay or avoid nursing home placement.
- Follow the WECARE Model – You will use 6 steps to create the most effective at-home care plan or assisted living plan for your loved one.
- 3 guides to hiring the right caregiving help. Find the best in-home medical and non-medical agency or assisted living community for your aging parent.
- How to Hire a Caregiver Privately
- How to Choose a Home Care Provider
- How to Choose an Assisted Living Facility
- Use the Long Term Care Planning Survey. By filling out this survey, you will know exactly what to do next and what kind of caregiving help you really need.