By David Hachmeister, Owner, Care & Comfort at Home for Seniors and Veterans
Pardon the crude Shakespeare reference in the title of this blog article, but so many people I speak with wrestle with many options for care of their loved one. To care or not to care? And if you do choose professional care, what does that care look like? Is it in-home care, independent living, assisted living, adult day care, nursing care?
For the surrounding loved ones, the frustration and anxiety of waiting for “the” phone call grows each day. Unfortunately, what usually happens that causes a decision to be made is an “event.” Most of the time, a fall — easily foreseen and difficult to avoid — precipitates a major change in life.
Leaving finances aside, the rational choice of having someone in one’s house or moving out of the house for care happens before the fall occurs. We understand that yet another, very emotional choice, that being doing nothing at all, frequently trumps the more rational choices. While neither of the rational choices may be what anyone wants, the doing nothing choice builds risk and angst for all concerned.
Of course, bringing in someone to provide the care is not always easy. Few of us want someone new in our house or, even worse, to leave our house. However, such a choice to be made has always been in front of us mere mortals.
We ask you to consider making a positive choice, taking control, and moving forward, in whatever direction makes sense for your family. We’ll be glad to discuss it. We can help. Contact us here at Care & Comfort at Home by clicking HERE or give us a call at 630-333-9262.
Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”