When Aging Parents Can't Live Alone, A Practical Family by Ellen F. Rubenson

By Ellen F. Rubenson

Written for these laid low with an aged parent's lack of ability to proceed residing autonomously, "When getting older mom and dad cannot reside on my own offers accomplished info on in-house aid, retirement groups, assisted residing techniques, and nursing amenities. monetary, clinical, and emotional issues are mentioned, permitting households to make fit judgements approximately this occasionally smooth adn emotional state of affairs.

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YO U R E L D E R ’ S P E R S O N A L Q U A L I T I E S Please check the closest response. My elder family member is: Column 1 Column 2 ___ active ___ lazy ___ candid ___ manipulative ___ content ___ dissatisfied ___ cooperative ___ demanding ___ easy to talk to ___ difficult to talk to ___ encouraging ___ controlling ___ friendly ___ disagreeable ___ generous ___ selfish ___ good-natured ___ temperamental ___ happy ___ sad ___ independent ___ dependent ___ kind ___ discouraging ___ self-motivated ___ mean ___ social ___ antisocial ___ flexible ___ stubborn Total ________ Total _________ If most of the lines checked are in column 1, your elder should be easy to live with in your home.

However, if he presents a danger to others and himself while driving, taking away his license may be necessary. Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or his primary-care physician for information. You have briefly looked at your elder’s physical and mental health, safety in the home and on the road, and his activities of daily living to help you determine the type of care, assistance, and supervision your elder family member may need. Check the key words and key phrases that best describe your elder.

When a new person, your elder, for instance, begins living with your family, the familiar routine may change in subtle or more dramatic ways. Your elder may prefer or require a diet different from the one you usually cook. Or grocery shopping may be more difficult if someone needs to stay with him. You may need to wait until another family member is available or call on a neighbor for assistance. You may need to rearrange your social activities around his need for care and supervision. ” GENERAL MONTHLY COSTS rent or mortgage utilities gas electric water garbage telephone MEDICAL EXPENSES medical care medication medical equipment and supplies home health care OTHER EXPENSES insurance premiums credit cards food transportation moving expenses home modifications adult day care respite care other _______________ FAMILY PAYS ELDER FAMILY MEMBER PAYS Living with Your Family 41 Your elder family member relinquishes some of his autonomy or independence when he moves in with your family.

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