When a medical emergency occurs, the need for senior care can quickly manifest itself. There are many different types of emergencies that can occur. A heart attack, stroke, heart failure, a fall, or some other type of accident can all lead to a stay in the hospital, followed by a need for some sort of senior care, long term or short.
You don’t plan on something like this happening. But for countless families, these kinds or emergencies occur. And if you’re caught unprepared, it can turn your life into pure chaos.
Sometimes, there’s nothing that can be done to prevent the type of emergency that could disable someone for life. I have told the story on this blog a few times of how my grandmother was injured while shopping for groceries. An individual with special needs accidentally ran into her with a motorized shopping cart, breaking her hip. My grandma spent the rest of her life in a nursing home because she could no longer walk and the place she was living had too many stairs for her to stay there safely. Unfortunately, there’s not too much that can be done to prevent something like this.
But you can think ahead and have a plan in place so that if something unexpected does happen, you already have a rough idea of what you are going to do. Even if your plan needs to change, at least you have a framework in place from which you can work. Because you have a tentative plan already, you probably have a basic idea of goals that you would like senior care to accomplish, and you know what your loved one’s wishes and desires are. You won’t be starting from scratch. And this can relieve a lot of the pressure that can arise when there’s a medical emergency.
Having a plan is important. Maybe you already have a general idea in place. Maybe you’ve even started talking about senior care with an elderly loved one. All of these things are good. They are a start. Hopefully, you’ll never need to implement the plan or ideas that you have tossed around. Hopefully, an emergency or accident never occurs. But this isn’t something that you can predict with one hundred percent certainty. It’s better to be prepared and never need to use your plan than to be caught off guard and completely unprepared.
We would love to help you in any way we can. We offer a free consultation service designed to help you tp get started, in addition to the various senior care services that we offer. If you’re unsure of where to start, or you would like to learn more about how your family would benefit from care, give us a call. Even if you’re not ready to make a decision about care today, we can help you to come up with a plan so that when care is needed, you will know what to do. An emergency might not be completely preventable, but at least you can have a firm idea of what to do in the event that one does occur.