Guilt hinders good care.

“I have often said to caregivers, ‘if I could take one thing away from our decision making it would be guilt, because it allows us to get to honesty. Out of that comes the best plan of care and lifestyle choice for your loved one.”  – Paula Carney

The actual experience of aging may turn out to be quite different than what we expected; gathering facts and asking the deeper questions about values, and meaning of life, about fears, hopes and dreams, will allow us the insight to finding the right solution.

People need shelter and food. We need love and support from others to survive as human beings. Sustaining a good social support network allows for a lifestyle of positive physical and mental well-being. As we grow older, our social interactions become increasingly important to our ability to remain independent and lead meaningful lives.

We will discuss caregiver breaking points, “hitting the wall”, stress, and how to set boundaries. Stress causes fear, guilt, anxiety and depression. Planning helps to relieve these fears. Implementing a plan lifts the burden.

We will look at medications, appearance, behaviors, socialization, housekeeping, driving and transportation limitations, who is paying the bills, meal preparation, safety, who responds in an emergency, financial and physical health. Our in-depth assessment will provide the tools to making an informed and prepared decision.