Watching our parents age is rough. And there always seems to be decisions that have to be made. As their physical and/or cognitive abilities start to fail, the questions arise: Should we sell the house? Should they go to a nursing home? Is assisted living the best option? Should they move in with us? The questions swirl in your mind throughout the day and rob you of sleep at night. After all, Mom's taken care of you all of your life. Dad taught you how to drive. Grandpap told you stories. Grandma held you on her lap and made you feel safe. What happens when they need you? Who will make them feel safe?
Sometimes, the answers are clear. There simply isn't another option other than placing your loved one into a facility where they'll receive proper care. But for many, this is only one option, not the only one. Multi-generational living is common in many other countries, more so than in the United States, but it is gaining ground here. The "sandwich generation" is raising children and caring for their parents or grandparents under one roof. But, while the rewards are countless, it's still not easy. Sometimes you need a break. A bit of respite. Perhaps a date night with your spouse once a week. But what do you do with Grandma?
Often, our parents have trouble letting go of their homes. They've spent 50+ years there and they swear they're going to die there. That's their wish. And you don't want to break their hearts. At the same time, moving back home is not an option and you're fearful of something happening when they're all alone in an empty house. Burners are left on. Falls happen and no one knows. There's a mix-up with medications. These things happen. All.the.time.
Did you know there are non-medical in-home care companies that exist just for these reasons? In Pittsburgh, there is a company called Dignity Home Care Professionals. Their tagline is "Where kindness matters" because that's at the heart of the company. Treating their clients with kindness and dignity as they face this final chapter in their lives is what it's all about.
Whether you need regular full-time or part-time care for your loved one or you need an occasional break or a night out, the fully trained caregivers at Dignity Home Care Professionals can make all the difference. Really. They can.