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Finding a Caregiver for Mom
by Brandee Cowley, RN BSN, Apostolic Christian Skylines Home Care Services

Imagine you are a son or daughter supporting an 83 year-old mother. Her physician has just told you that she can no longer live by herself and, because of her medical condition, she must have 24-hour/seven-day support—immediately. You and your mother decide that the best course for her is to move in with you, but since you are still employed, she will need someone to be with her while you are at work. How will you make this happen?

Care Decisions When a Parent Has Dementia
by Brandee Cowley, RN BSN, Apostolic Christian Skylines Home Care Services

Imagine that you are the son or daughter of an 85 year-old man who has been living in a local memory care facility for the two years since he was diagnosed with dementia. You receive a phone call from the facility’s administrator requesting a meeting in which you are then informed that your father’s dementia has progressed to the point that he now requires 24-hour one-on-one assistance. You are also told that this type of service is not provided by the facility so you will have to hire around the clock assistance from a third party caregiver if he is to remain in the facility. What will you do?

“Finding Long Term Care – It’s a Process."
by Dean Thomas, Administrator, Apostolic Christian Skylines

When an older family member needs help with dressing, meal preparation, shopping and personal care and the needs cannot be met by family members or community services, their living situation can quickly become—or may already be—unsafe. Or there may be needs for medical attention at home that family members are simply not able to provide. In both cases, a long term care facility may be the best option.

If this is your situation, first recognize that every individual’s needs and preferences are different. A long term care facility that has been an excellent fit for a relative or friend may not be the best one today for your loved one. Finding the best match is a process that is unique for every individual. So how does the process begin?

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