Journey Stop #2 is what we refer to as the Serious Time Stage. This is when the time commitment gets "Serious". At this stage, you are spending between 3 - 6 hours per day helping your Loved One with their daily activities. Brief Recap of Journey Stop #1 In our last blog post, we discussed Journey Stop #1. If you have been helping a declining parent for some time, you may be … [Read more...] about Journey Stop #2: The Serious Time Stage
Many of you have had the experience of having “the talk” with a teenage child. Now, as your parent continues to decline, you may have had “the talk” all over again. However, this time you had it with Mom or Dad. "The talk" can be regarding a number of life changing topics: Moving to a different state so they can be closer to you Giving up the car keys for good Moving … [Read more...] about “The Talk” with Declining Parents – Interview with Dwain Hebda
Bridge of Life planning is all about helping a declining parent get what they want during a period of decline of physical or cognitive health. If they (and you) are fortunate, Mom and Dad have already planned and have set forth what they want. In a perfect world, their plan includes where they want to be should they suffer a health crisis. Hopefully, they have also figured out … [Read more...] about Bridge of Life Planning (part 1)
Have you had the discussion with Momma about her preferences? What exactly are Momma's Preferences? If and when she can’t stay at home by herself any longer, what does she want? Does she want family coming in to help or outside caregivers? Would Momma even prefer facility care or some other option? Most readers would guess that she would want to stay home by herself or would … [Read more...] about What Are Momma’s Preferences?
A reader recently asked about the duties of a Family Caregiver. The traditional meaning of the word “duty” implies obligation to someone. My thought, in that case, would be that a Family Caregiver would have no “duties”. Everything that most Family Caregivers do is done because of their deep love for the person for whom they are providing care. Most Family Caregivers are “in … [Read more...] about Duties of a Family Caregiver