Wednesday, April 2, 2008
For the most part, I think the special "Caring for Your Parents" aired on PBS last evening was a good representation of what millions of families are going through.
Some people may be shocked by the day to day routine that is part of caring for your parents if you are not already into the situation. This was real life, not a movie.
Caring for loved ones can be a stressful and emotional experience. It can also be one of the most rewarding times of your life. One piece of advice I have stated in past blogs and was repeated on the program would be planning BEFORE a crisis strikes. It helps avoid the "unknown" situation, and gives the family an adjustment period
that fosters security, both for the parent in knowing they will be cared for, and the family in knowing how they can help.
I can't stress this point enough. Talk to your parents and know their wishes. Make your plans together. For more help with this or other questions on planning, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.