If you’d have asked me 8 years ago I’d have told you my parents were decently fit and wouldn’t have seen their health failing them any time soon. I’m 39 now, my Mum and Dad are in their late 60’s and times have certainly changed rapidly in the last few years.
In my early 20’s I worked in a nursing home, I was a Health Care Aide/Personal Support Worker and had the privilege of working with many wonderful seniors who changed my perspective. I learned how to slow down, how to noticed the small wonders that each day could bring…..but I also learned how cruel life and the loss of health can be.
I had the opportunity over the 4 year span I worked there to see families facing the fact that their parents weren’t capable of caring for themselves, dealing with medical issues, emotional upheaval and the financial strain that aging can bring. The lessons were burned into my memory, quiet conversations held among siblings in hallways, hands wrung in worry….all of these issues seemed so far off for my parents and I until recent years.
The fact is that my folks are aging and suddenly I’ve gone from being a Generation X child to a Sandwich Generation adult. Dealing with my father’s recent battle with Deep Venous Thrombosis and Dual Pulmonary Embolus was a reminder of what is to come, my parents won’t always be able to function without assistance of some kind and it’s my responsiblity to educate myself on any and all available support.
There is no doubt in my mind that between my sister and myself we will be able to find and or provide the support our parents will need but knowing our options before the time comes will enable us to make wise decisions and hopefully keep our stress levels low.
I’m determined to help my wonderfully proud parents to enjoy their later years, while at the same time be able to spend the time raising my own children as my parents would want. Equipping myself with information is one way to do this.
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Today my parents are doing well but I’m preparing myself for the future. I’m informing myself and my parents of their options and hoping they won’t need the information for some time yet. I’m glad there’s a resource like Comfort Life to help ease my worry, just knowing there is an organization who can help is reassuring!
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