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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Discussing care options tricky but possible

  • Sterling House of McPherson will have an event titled “Starting the Conversation” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday about discussing care options with parents as they get older.
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  • Sterling House of McPherson will have an event titled “Starting the Conversation” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday about discussing care options with parents as they get older.
    “It can be overwhelming to consider, but absolutely something you shouldn’t put off,” said Donna Becker, executive director at Sterling House McPherson.  “Now more than ever before, so many more options exist for older Americans, so the earlier you start the dialogue, the more likely it is you will be able to offer your parents several options to consider.”
    When beginning the conversation, parents should feel supported in their desire to maintain independence while recognizing the concern for their safety and quality of life.
    It can requ ire several attempts before parents are open to the conversation.
    Asking about their needs, wants and concerns for the future can help them open up to the conversation and offer valuable insight for prioritizing the options that exist for them.
    Solutions that offer the care older individuals need to maintain their quality of life are available, and it’s important to do research ahead of time and know about the available levels of care and resources.
    “Assessing a senior’s unmet needs is a first step in evaluating what options may best improve their quality of life,” Becker said. “It’s also important to consider physical and mental capabilities as well as overall health and wellness, factors that can be pivotal when considering a senior’s plan for care.”
    Many seniors are familiar with skilled nursing homes, which is a solution for those who require a high level of medical care.
    However, there are many more options for different stages of health and wellness, from independent living to assisted living, which provides help with bathing, dressing and daily activities of living, to Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
    In-home care also is available in many cases to seniors requiring an individual care plan to meet their personal needs.
    Services including specialized care like physical therapy, which can improve strength, mobility and range of motion; and personal care, which can be delivered in many different types of settings as well.  
    “This may be an extremely challenging conversation to have with your parents or elderly loved ones, but it’s important to their long-term wellbeing and happiness that they select the best lifestyle and care option for their given situation,” Becker said. “Whether the choices include remaining in their home with external services or considering a senior community, we know all the available options and are here to help find a viable solution.”
    Complimentary admission and refreshments will be served.
    Page 2 of 2 - Those interested in attending the event should RSVP by today by phone at 620-241-6600 or by email at sparsons3@brookdaleliving.com.

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