Now that we’re a month into winter, you may be starting to experience a touch of cabin fever. It’s also likely that you’re spending a lot of time online, especially if the weather outside is frightful. Guess what? That’s the perfect scenario for doing some senior care research.
Whether or not you’re currently a caregiver doesn’t matter. As Rosalynn Carter said, “There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” Essentially, we’re all touched by caregiving at some point in our lives.
Plan ahead, both for your own senior care wishes and those of your older relatives or aging parents. Gather information a little bit at a time (hit the web; there are tons of resources, many of them quite good, about senior housing and care options) and talk to family members about their preferences. If you have concerns about someone you love, reach out to siblings or spouses and share your thoughts. Weather-permitting, visit some assisted living homes in the area that you might consider for yourself or a friend. Call a few home care agencies to get their rates.
Maybe the thought of planning for a senior care emergency in the thick of winter sounds depressing, but you don’t have to think of it that way. Instead, grab a cup of hot coffee, tea or cocoa, and take advantage of the down time. Don’t wait for a crisis point, because long nights in the hospital by a loved one’s bedside are certainly not a better time to think about senior care.
Check out our Elder Care Planning Resource Guide to get started.