a hand when you need it the most
At age 40 I had my first personal encounter with critical illness in my family. My grandfather fell ill and needed help at home. The load was too great for granny.
It dawned on me then that my siblings and I had never discussed plans for our parents aging and not being able to perform daily activities of living, even ill health. A care assistance plan was necessary!
My grandfather passed within a few weeks and of course planning was forgotten. Two years ago a shocker.......my dad became seriously ill and had to be hospitalized Here I was managing a Senior Care facility and I was not prepared for this sudden and personal event. When the doctor said they could do no more, "take him home". There was no plan.
Brothers and sisters were miles away, my mother and I had to handle the immediate task. Pen to paper was needed that very day. Unfortunately daddy never came home.
If you are fortunate enough to have experienced the love of grandparents; a mother and father who strived to raise you well and made it possible for you to enjoy success today then it is only natural for you to think of their welfare as they age.
You may find yourself a member of the Sandwich Generation - Caretakers not only of your own children but of your now elderly parents and grandparents, what do you do?
My advice to you - put things in order. Develop that home care plan TODAY, it is that serious!