“It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly.” This quote from Mabel Newcomber is one in a collection of sage advice for caregivers from Sageminder.com, and it’s apt for any families and individuals who may be at a crossroads in the senior care decision-making process.
At this time of year, after many families have gathered for the holidays, concerns about a senior relative may have emerged — or the need for action has become more clearly evident. Whatever the circumstances, these families are likely wondering what’s next. Is it time to research assisted living communities? Get information on home care? Talk to Mom & Dad about their health?
If you are dealing with these questions, stop for a moment. Grab a pen and paper. Write down your worries, thoughts and questions. Prioritize them, keeping an honest and open conversation with your senior loved one(s) near the top of the list. Include siblings and other relatives as needed. Get a sense of their concerns and what their care suggestions may be.
Give yourself and the senior you love adequate time to explore and evaluate the options. Don’t rush: remember the words of Mabel Newcomber and take time to figure out the best “where” rather than focusing so much on the “when.”