Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"Family Matters” in Long Term Care

When it comes to caring for an aging loved one, there’s no shortage of emotions.  These span two emotional poles for families: overwhelming joy that comes from providing a loved with the proper care, and uneasy guilt when they can no longer provide the care needed.  This tug between money, obligation, and love is the focus of a two-month National Public Radio series called “Family Matters.” 

Beginning today, the series will delve into the lives of three multigenerational families who are doing their best to juggle demands unique to the “sandwich generation,” or those individuals who face the double challenge of providing for both aging parents and growing children.  According to the Pew Research Center, over 50 million families are coping with these growing demands by consolidating households and combining as many as four generations under one roof.
The series gets at the heart of an issue that millions of Americans face: how to choose the most appropriate care setting for their aging loved ones. Those in the long term care community understand this issue uniquely and agree that home is the best place for a loved one to age—if home is where the best care can be provided. However, not all families are able to handle the acute needs of their loved ones.  And for these families, skilled nursing care centers can provide solutions.

In addition to long term care, skilled nursing care centers can provide a variety of short-term care options as well.  Respite care allows family caregivers to take a break from their duties to get some much needed respite time themselves.  And care centers also provide short term rehabilitative care, helping millions of individuals regain the strength they need to return to their homes and communities.

Care center staff know that caregiving is both a physically demanding and emotionally rewarding experience—in fact, staff work so closely with individuals that they end up feeling like family.  As baby boomers age and families face increasingly complex care situations, the long term and post-acute care profession will continue to provide care options, professional insight, and innovative solutions for quality care.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting post. Seriously, it is quite scary to think about how much isn't considered when it comes to health of loved ones. You go most of your life without being suitably covered. And the other part, you're covered by someone else. Thanks for the awareness.

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