Use the Hindsight of Others to Be Ready for Unexpected Home Care Needs

Home Care Needs

Countless families are caught unaware by a sudden care need. Luckily, you don’t have to be one of them. There are plenty of things you can do now to create a working plan for both long-term home care needs and emergency situations.

If you are going to be responsible for your parent’s care, here are a few documents you will want to keep handy, in a safe spot.

  • Birth certificate/adoption records
  • Marriage certificates
  • Divorce decrees
  • Death certificates
  • Military discharge
  • Advance directives (primary care physician, hospital, and individual should have copies)
  • Retirement and pension policies, including the names of beneficiaries
  • Insurance policies
  • Bank accounts and pass books

Also, it is important to gather and review pertinent information such as:

  • Doctors’ names, addresses and phone numbers
  • Prescription and non-prescription medications taken
  • Social Security numbers, medical record numbers and military ID numbers
  • Informal support resource names, addresses and phone numbers

Best Senior Home Care can help you cope with an unexpected care need, helping seniors at home with in home care and companion care services in Queens, Fresh Meadows, Whitestone, Forest Hills, Little Neck, Auburndale, Queens Village, Bellerose, Manhattan and the surrounding areas. For more information about our services, including professional Alzheimer’s and dementia care, please call us at (718) 224-0905. Let our top rated senior care services help you and your loved ones today.

About Kevin Meaney

At 85 my dad lived on his own in Florida for nine months of the year, enjoying the warm weather and playing golf several times a week with friends.
Then one day while taking a walk alone, he suddenly got a little light-headed and fell, resulting in a serious head injury and a four week stay in the hospital and rehab.

Suddenly everything changed.
My dad’s condition after the accident made it clear he could no longer live independently, and after some deliberation my wife and I decided to have him come and live with us in New York.

We were both still working at the time, but I had a home office, and so I became my dad’s primary caregiver/companion during the day. Although my dad was easy going and a low-maintenance guy, he did need some help with washing and dressing, meal preparation, medication reminders, trips to the doctor, and socialization. Always a very outgoing guy, I noticed now that without some encouragement/nudging, he would be content to stay home and watch TV all day.

This experience led me to start Best Senior Home Care.
It helped me really appreciate just how challenging and stressful it can be to care for an aging parent at home. This despite the fact I was lucky enough to have a spouse and grown children at home to help, and many siblings nearby only too happy to assist whenever needed.

Clearly not all families are this fortunate! At Best Senior Home Care, our mission is a simple one – help families in need to find reliable, compassionate caregivers to be there for your loved ones when you can’t be there. Over the last five years we have helped many families in the area with in-home care for an aging parent or other relative. Google Verified Author