As the child of an aging parent, one of the most difficult things you can go through is watching your mother or father struggle—especially if they've recently been admitted to a rehabilitation facility. Now that it is almost time to transition your parent from the rehabilitation center to your home, chances are you have several questions. Don't allow the stress of transitioning your parent from the facility to your home ruin this momentous occasion and instead, here are a few tips to help make this move a lot easier:
Don't Wait Until the Last Minute to Prepare
As a caregiver, it is vital you don't wait until the last minute to begin preparing for this transition. Specifically, there are two areas you need to address. The first is whether or not your home is equipped to handle your parent's needs.
For example, if your parent suffered a stroke, WebMD recommends making several modifications to your home. Moving your parent to a first-floor bedroom, removing all the throw rugs in home and installing grab bars in the bathroom are just a few of the ways you can make your home safer for your parent.
Depending on your parent's needs you may also need to make room for a hospital bed, oxygen tank, rehabilitation equipment and extra storage.
Secondly, once you've made all the necessary modifications to your home, it is important to determine if you are financially capable of meeting your parent's needs. The best way to do this is to create a budget. Here are a few of the points to consider when determining what your parent will need and how you will pay for it:
This can be a confusing situation, which is why it is important to seek help. Ask the rehabilitation center's discharge planner and your parent's social worker for help. Depending on your parent's age, income and needs, they may be eligible for a number of community, state and national assistance programs.
Discuss What Will Be Expected of You as a Caregiver
Many times, children of elderly parents aren't sure what will be expected of them as a caregiver. It is important to speak with your parent's doctors to help determine if you can handle the responsibility of caring for your parent.
Discuss your concerns with your parent's doctor and ask them these questions to help determine just how much help your parent will need at home:
Helping your parent transition from a rehabilitation facility to your home can be stressful and you might feel overwhelmed. If you have any questions or concerns about your parent's needs, don't hesitate to contact your parent's healthcare team or short-term rehabilitation centers like The Village At Morrisons Cove.
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