This is a sponsored post through Global Influence. All opinions are mine.
I am thankful for many things. However, one thing I’m thankful for this year is that this year is almost over. It hasn’t been great to us or my family, to be honest. I could make a list of reasons, but the main and only one that matters is that we lost my dad in September. Leading up to that, however, he had spent weeks in the hospital. It was close to 2 months, actually, all combined.
He initially went in because of one of many minor strokes. That turned into two separate surgeries to repair blockages in his neck and his heart. It was finally his heart that couldn’t take anymore, though he gave it a good fight. So much so that he was finally able to come home, where he passed. Prior to that, however, we had conversations about where would be the best place to care for his needs. There are many care options that you can read through on careconversations.org to consider. I wish I knew about this site then, as these conversations are not easy talks to tackle and I admit that it was hard for me to be a part of. While most of the burden and responsibility fell upon my mom, she made sure to include all of us in the ultimate decision.
At 81 years of age, my dad had always been such a strong man, the rock in our family. He looked out for us, worried about us and was always there for us. It only made sense that we did the same for him when he needed it. He had a good life, I just wish we could have done more. It’s devastating to see my dad, my kids’ grandpa, in such a condition.
We settled on bringing him home, with in-home care, because that was what he wanted. After so long in a hospital, I also think that’s what he deserved. We knew that it was going to be a lot of work and stress on my mom, though. She probably couldn’t have taken on all of his care for long, as his medical needs were extensive. We would have had to have help eventually.
There are so many options when it comes to long-term care facilities, whether it’s outside the home in an assisted living environment or in-home and rehabilitative. If you’re considering care options for a loved one or parent, there’s a checklist on Care Conversations that will help in understanding and customizing your needs.
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