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Challenges Of Caring For Elderly Parents Maybe It’s Time For Home Care

In an “I’m not feeling so lucky today” moment, I Googled the words: How many blogs are there on the challenges of dealing with elderly parents? True to form, a nano second provided my answer: 315,000. That’s all, I wondered? Somehow, I expected the number to be even greater. Never mind though, I had my proof. On the ever so coveted first page, I recognized the call names of the many posts I read on a daily basis. Being a writer of articles on senior citizen and baby boomer issues, I gain valuable knowledge and perspective from many of those 315,000 insightful authors. But to be completely honest, the reader comment section is where I find the stuff of inspiration, the nitty gritty, the meaty staple that reflects the raw feelings and emotions of those out there who are actually providing the daily care of their elderly parents.
It doesn’t seem to matter if blog writers take a practical, helpful, spiritual or humorous approach to the subject, the commentators inevitably agree with or chastise, and they understandably always, always, fill the page with lamentations of their own grueling experiences. The usually go something like this:
“Your mom and dad used to take care of you, now it’s your turn.”
“Watching a parent succumb to the ills of old age is painful. Being responsible for medical and financial decisions can be downright overwhelming.”
“Did Mom take her medicine? Should I get Dad’s heart checked? Should we bring him to live with us or would a nursing home be better? Can he afford the medical care he needs? What if he resists what’s best?”
“I’m feeling drained and need some encouragement.”
“They are driving me crazy. My former life has been turned upside down.”


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Another truth is; caring for an elderly parent is all of the above and much, much more. Has anyone heard of Home Care? It’s one of the fastest growing industries in healthcare. Growing, because in the next 20 years, 1 out of every 5 Americans will be over the age of 65. Home Care Tampa may be an excellent option for family caregivers in Florida. It will give family members a much needed break. Home Care Tampa is supportive assistance provided in the patient’s home by workers often referred to as caregivers, primary caregivers or voluntary caregivers who give informal care such as assistance with eating, bathing, dressing and household chores. The term Home Care is used to describe nonmedical or custodial care, which is assistance that is provided by persons who are not nurses, doctors or other licensed medical personnel, whereas the term Home Health, refers to care that is provided by licensed personnel and is prescribed by a physician as being medically necessary. Adult day care centers are also good options for providing relief to caregivers and offer elderly people a change of pace and the opportunity to socialize in a safe environment.
Adult Daycare & Caregiver Support Services can help
prevent or delay inappropriate admission to a nursing home
Increase the dependent older adult’s socialization and recreation
Improve the quality of life for the dependent older adult and the caregiver
Enable the dependent older adult to remain in their home as long as possible

Most licensed adult day care centers offer transportation assistance to and from the facility where visitors receive nutritious hot lunches, snacks, daily exercise, entertainment, safe interactive social, recreational and education programs. Adult day care centers are typically open on weekdays, Monday through Fridays and depend heavily on the services of volunteers who perform a variety of duties to keep the center running smoothly. Volunteers assist with transportation, meal preparation and clean up, exercise and activity projects or doing clerical work such as answering the phone, filing or doing routine errands.  Many volunteers share their time with the participants by bringing their pets or small children to visit.

800Seniors.com is a leading referral system in the Elderly Healthcare industry. We are located on 5400 Atlantis Court, Moorpark, California 93021. 800Seniors.com provides the perfect match between seniors searching for health care provisions such as Home Care Tampa, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Hospice Care, Medical Supplies, as well as a variety of Assisted Living Facilities and Care Homes nationwide. Take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information call 1-800-768-8221, visit http://800seniors.com or fax us your details at (805)517-1623.

About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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