Bright Star Care - December 2018

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DEC 2018

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I S YOUR LOVED ONE READY FOR ASS I STANCE? 3 Ways for Families to Combine Independence and Care

F amilies are a blessing and a curse, providing us with unwavering compassion and also sometimes significant distress. This dichotomy is amplified during the holidays, especially when an elderly loved one has to navigate the season alone. If individuals who need care are estranged or distant from their families, it’s often shocking for family members to find their relatives struggling. When family members are made aware of these struggles, many of our caregivers notice they will comment on their love one’s weight loss or the status of their living quarters, which can quickly turn a holiday into crisis intervention. We see this all the time, and that’s why I want to provide you with three ways in which you can help your senior get access to care while still giving them the power to choose. Home Care It’s extremely challenging for the elderly to accept leaving the comforts of their homes, and if we put ourselves in their shoes, it’s easy to understand why. Can you imagine spendingmost your life paying your house off, all the while making each nook and cranny your own, only to leave? For many individuals, having a little more assistance with simple daily tasks is all they need. They can bring in a cleaning person, transportation assistance, and BrightStar Care to helpmanage their personal care or socialization needs. This solution allows them to stay at home, improve their quality of life, but still maintain the independence most people

desire. BrightStar Care will maintain the freedom of the person in need and provide one-on-one attention, creating a balance between overall health and personal independence, which is difficult to find elsewhere.

Move inWith Family For those withmore extensive health needs, moving in with family becomes an option that allows them to live a little easier. Living with someone else reduces financial burdens if the costs can be shared. The bills can be split up, and everyone still has the ability to come and go as they please. The caveat is that sometimes family members don’t get along, or in other cases, pets are an issue if someone has allergies or family members may not have the available time to assist. Whenmoving in with a relative, it’s also important to factor in whether or not the medical care can be done by the family—procedures like insulin shots or medicationmanagement are simpler, but using a Hoyer Lift to transfer a loved one frombed to wheelchair isn’t as simple. Assisted Living Addressing the idea of skilled nursing assistance often pushes most senior adults away. However, there are many seniors who need this level of assisted living. Many severe cognitive needs or physical limitations require 24-hour attention and a dedicated nursing facility. For people who are still mobile and don't have severe conditions, assisted living isn’t ideal because of the personal limitations. In the end, the drawback to assisted living is a lack of space for personal items or pets. The hefty price tag is also a consideration for most, with the cost of care at these facilities rapidly rising. We frequently recommend using a balance of the aforementioned care options. Using BrightStar Care during the work week and the help from family members on the weekends lessens the financial burden while allowing the family bonding time with their loved one. Whatever you and your loved ones decide, keep inmind that no care plan works for every situation. When health, schedules, or care needs change, seniors and their support network need to adapt their care plan to the new reality. —Monica Labrot arketing and Custome Support Manager

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