Are you close to being in charge of a senior?
- Talk to a legal advisor who specializes in Elder Law.
- Speak with your parents about your plans for when the end approaches: it may sound rude but, but more people see that your wishes are heard. If possible, write them down so there is no confusion in the case they need assistance to live decently.
- Have a family meeting to assign the responsibilities of each.
- Be open: “Families can do everything possible to prevent the parent end up in an asylum, even though this may be the best place for them.”
- Investigate the medical condition of your parents to do the right questions when you’re looking for a haven.
- Investigate government sources, starting with the nearest health center.
- Accept help. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and resentful about your situation, so let others help you as they can.
- Stay in touch with friends and take time to be with your partner and children.
Already in charge?
- “Forget the guilt.” “You are doing the most you can; recognizing that you hate resentment and fear and get rid of them, “says the therapist.
- Look after your health: experts say that being in charge of caring for someone, you can put your health at risk (for example, when a patient is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, family members who are dependents are notified may get sick more frequently than those who are not.
- Laugh! Laughter releases endorphins, which helps you to get rid of stress and improve your appearance.