Unfortunately, most families scramble when it comes to finding appropriate care for an elderly loved one.
“All too often, families tend to make decisions reactively, waiting until after an incident has occurred and the need for home care is immediate,” said Diane Silbernagel, Executive Director of HomeCare Options, the 64-year-old home care agency in Passaic County. “This is usually after mom or dad has suffered a health setback or is suddenly living alone. As a result, they don’t have the time to do their homework in searching for answers.”
With this in mind, HomeCare Options is hosting a special presentation, “Homecare 101” for family caregivers. The free event will be held during two different times – from 10 a.m. – noon; and 6 – 8 p.m. – on Thursday, March 22nd at the Wayne Library, 461 Valley Road. Light refreshments will be served.
According to Silbernagel, very often families never have time to ask such questions as:
- What caring options are available and what will work best for my loved one and me?
- If I choose home care, how do I know the person I’m bringing into my family member’s home will be trustworthy, caring and capable?
- What should I consider when choosing a home care agency?
- What questions should I ask them?
- What needs can I expect a home care aide to satisfy?
- What happens if my caregiving needs change over time?
- What if the home care aide doesn’t work out?
- Are there certain financial options I may be eligible for?
“We decided that hosting a seminar like this would help families in Passaic County answer these and other questions before they’re faced with the need to push the button,” she said. “Without a game plan, mistakes are bound to happen.”
To RSVP for either seminar, call Mary Ann Cannarella at 973-523-1224 extension 242. Seating is limited.
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