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Doctor insights on: How Can I Help My Spouse Who Is Caring For His Elderly Parents

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Why must someone go to medical appointments with elderly parents?

This is important : It is important to go to appointments with elderly parents. Many times elderly parents do not communicate well with doctors. They may not tell the doctor everything that is going on. They are of the generation that does not ask questions. Many of their problems are complicated and elderly parents don't understand, or don't tell their families what is going on. If you can't go then call doctor. ...Read more

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How would I know when my elderly parent needs assisted living facility?

How would I know when my elderly parent needs assisted living facility?

Assessment of ADL.: This can be very difficult. Firstly, would start the conversation with the parent's physician; can parent still take meds on own correctly and safely? There is an instrument that makes a full, geriatric assessment which measures the ability of person to carry out activities of daily living; usually done by nurse trained in this area. Most elderly will resist going to a 'home'. Get professional help. ...Read more

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If I take in my elderly parent is it legitimate to ask for some compensation?

If I take in my elderly parent is it legitimate to ask for some compensation?

Consider: Did your parent(s) ask for compensation from you during the years you lived with them & were reared by them? Are there other siblings who might contribute to his/her care? Council on aging may be able to offer suggestions. ...Read more

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How can I let my wife know that I am struggling caring for my elderly parents?

How can I let my wife know that I am struggling caring for my elderly parents?

Honesty: Be honest and tell her how you feel. It is not always easy to care for older parents , especially if you have your own immediate family responsibility (i.E wife and kids), but if you tell your wife that you feels responsible to care for them because they cared for you when you were a child, but you are struggling , she probably will help you do what is right , she may even share the burden. ...Read more

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How can one spend good, quality time with an elderly parent who is confused and not communicating?

How can one spend good, quality time with an elderly parent who is confused and not communicating?

Just be there: Quality is in the eye of the beholder (or recipient), not giver. Just sitting with them, or watching tv together or helping with their daily activities as they will allow you, can be very positive for them, even if they lack the ability to communicate that to you. ...Read more

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What are some good questions to ask when considering an assisted living center for your elderly parent?

What are some good questions to ask when considering an assisted living center for your elderly parent?

Supervise Care-giver: Ask for credentials of clinical supervisor of alf, mode of supervision & monitoring of care-giving staff, modes of communication between staff & resident, communication lines with nearest of kin, criminal & background investigation of staff, st licensing & accreditation, familiarity w ombudsman, policies re drug prescription & administration & documentation, ratio of care-giover staff to residents. ...Read more

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What's the best way to cut your elderly parents nails?

What's the best way to cut your elderly parents nails?

Carefully: It matters if they are cooperative with you or not. Generally nails will cut easier if they are soaked first and a bit damp. Thickened nails and brittle ones can be harder to cut neatly. Use a good quality fingernail clippers or a fine scissors, use good light and take your time. ...Read more

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What changes can I expect when my elderly parent moves in?

What changes can I expect when my elderly parent moves in?

UH BOY...: Well, there is the good of having him/her close, but there's a lot of factors caring for elderly parents that may drive you to drinking heavily... However remember this, you wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them. And there is good and bad about that too, i'm sure. God only knows the sacrifices they made to try and give you a safe upbringing and a good future...Just love him/her, and listen. ...Read more