Every year, hundreds of Ohio families seek reliable, compassionate and quality care for their elderly loved ones. While many families do their best to share the responsibility of caring for their aged relatives, often the stress and exhaustion of everyday care can lead to physical and emotional strain. Families who prioritize eldercare planning and have an idea of what their loved one prefers ahead of time, may be able to experience less of the anxiety and concern that is often prevalent when trying to establish a care plan when it is needed most.
According to the Huffington Post, social care workers and geriatric care specialists are valuable professionals to consider when creating an eldercare plan. Experts recommend making arrangements in advance of the time they will be needed so the patient can assist in making decisions regarding his or her future care. Aspects including finances, medical treatment, home maintenance, transportation services, allocation of sentimental possessions and living arrangements should all be considered during discussion.
Being proactive about this process can enable families to settle difficult decisions in a manner that is organized and effective and can greatly reduce tension and drama as loved ones' age and are unable to make critical decisions on their own. According to the New York Times, a majority of those who provide care to their elderly family members are actually quite young:
- 15 percent are aged 20-24
- 24 percent are aged 45-54
Generally speaking, those being cared for are 65 years of age or older while those requiring intensive care are generally older than 80.