I have partnered with Global Influence for this #CareConvo sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.
Now that I am well past my 20’s I am forced to face the fact that we are all getting older. Eventually I will need someone to help take care of me. Long gone are the days when I thought I was invincible. But even though this seems daunting, there are things out there to help.
I remember after my Dad has his worse stroke, my mom tried to talk to him about his long term care should something ever happen to her and she became unable to care for him. After this particular stroke, he lost use of the left side of his body. In time he did learn to walk again but had to use a cane. The use of his left arm never did return.
But he would not talk about it. He actually became angry that my mom even wanted to plan for any what if’s.
My dad passed away almost 2 years ago now. In some ways I am glad that we didn’t have to make any decisions for him. His unwillingness to discuss anything he may have wanted would have left us guessing on the best way to take care of him.
Thankfully my mom understands that these conversations are necessary and she is willing to have them. After seeing some of the things my dad went through she understands that in order to make sure she gets what she wants, we have to talk about the future and the event that she may not be able to care for herself.
My mom is 67 years old. She lives alone and still works part time. She is very active and very independent. Other than just general aches and pains, I am happy to say that she has no major medical issues. When the time comes for more hands on care, she ideally would not have to go to an assisted living facility. So the current plan is that when the time comes, she will move in here with us.
We’ve already talked about adding on a separate space for her so that even in the meantime when she comes to visit, she has her own space.
Thankfully there are sites like Care Conversations that can take the guess work out of any planning. They have a whole section on Care Needs to give you help and guidance with anything you may be facing. I especially love that they have a Crisis Care section on how to deal with things when an emergency happens. It discusses options for emergencies when distance, circumstances, and lack of resources make your situation more difficult.
Care Conversations has a helpful video on early warning signs that a loved one may need some extra care.
And to give you other helpful tips and answer questions, there will be a #CareConvo Twitter party with @Resourcefulmom on November 12th at 8 PM ET. RSVP to attend.