For some people, the need to find a caregiver for an elderly loved one creeps up gradually. When an actual professional is needed to take over, it is not a surprise, but a decision that has been in the works for weeks, or even months. For these people, the process of finding appropriate senior care for a loved one is gradual, and it is one that can be approached in a calm and logical fashion. You have plenty of time to research different professional caregiving services in your area, and you probably even have time to sit and interview a few before you make a final decision. In a perfect world, this is how everyone would select a caregiver for an elderly parent.
As you know, the real world hardly ever operates in an ideal fashion. Many times, people find that they need senior care for a loved one–and they need to find it right now. In this scenario–the crisis-mode search for help–it is much easier to make poor choices. You are rushed, you are emotional, and you might not be thinking quite as well as you usually do.
When do situations like this occur? Usually, they happen after some sort of catastrophic medical emergency. If your dad has a stroke and after he comes out of the hospital is permanently disabled, you will need to find a caregiver. If your grandmother falls in the shower and breaks her hip, she will likely need help getting through her house on a daily basis, at least for the time being. In each of these instances, the need for senior care is immediate and not the result of a long and slow decline in health, but because of a sudden injury or the onset of a medical emergency.
Knowing what to do in such a situation is key for the health and happiness of your loved one. Knowing what to do before something like this occurs is the best case scenario, but most people are not lucky enough to have prepared for such an occurrence. And why would they do so? If your mom or dad is in great health and has no problems getting through the day, finding high quality senior care is probably not yet on your list of things to do. If you haven’t started thinking about care yet, you really should. Your plan doesn’t need to be set in stone by any means, but you should at least have a good idea of what is available near you and in what kind of instances you might need to have your loved one use that type of care. Knowing which professional services near you have the best reputations is also helpful.
In an emergency situation, being able to act quickly is important. Consult with a medical professional and see what kinds of new needs your parent is now struggling with. Talk to your mom or dad if you are able to and see what they want. With this information written down, call a professional care service and go over what your family needs. They should be able to point you in the right direction from there.