By: Clay Neff, Director of Franchise Development
Most families across America reach a point when adult children have some very tough decisions to make regarding the daily care of their aging parents. I have seen this same scenario time and time again, and I’d like to share a true story with you.
A little over a year ago, this same tough decision happened to my friend Dave* (and his siblings). His 96 year-old mother’s health was failing, and the time had come to make a decision about potentially moving her to a nursing home. However, this was not a decision to be made lightly. She had lived in the same house for 70 years; the very same house that she and her deceased husband had built and raised all five of their children in. My dear friend was the oldest sibling, and the thought of tearing his mom away from that many years of comfort and memories just about killed him mentally and emotionally.
He had resorted to sleeping over at her house to ensure that if and when she fell out of bed at night, someone was there to help carry her to bathroom and/or help her back into bed. This couldn’t be a long-term solution however because Dave too had his own health issues. Being 70 years old and trying to take care of his 96-year old mother wasn’t working. Even with the help of his siblings, it just wasn’t going to be enough to keep her safe in her own home. They made the agonizing decision to move her into a nursing home in early May. As suspected, she did not last long once the move was official. Almost three weeks to the day of her move, she passed away on Memorial Day 2011. I know that my friend felt a huge sense of relief for not only his mom (who had lost the will to live many years prior), but for himself and his siblings. The previous five or so years had been extremely stressful on all of them.
I had not been in touch with Dave for many years, but when I heard of his mother’s passing, I immediately extended my condolences for his loss. If I had known what Dave was going through earlier, I would have most definitely shared with him the many benefits of professional in-home care. They unfortunately weren’t aware of all of their options.
There it is again…a lack of awareness. People automatically defaulting to assisted living facilities or nursing homes. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. FirstLight Home Care takes care of moms and dads, brothers or sisters, or anyone who needs some assistance to live more independently and remain in the comfort of their own home. We provide compassionate caregivers who can provide both companionship, transportation to various appointments, meal preparation, bathing and more – simply, we provide the opportunity for a better quality of life. FirstLight Home Care is already meeting the needs of aging America, and we plan to continue to do so for decades to come.
For more information about FirstLight Home Care Franchising, visit us at www.firstlightfranchise.com or call us at (877) 570-0002.
*Pseudo name used for privacy purposes.