You’re driving your daughter to the university where she will attend school for the next four years. Just as you pull into the dorm parking lot, your cell phone rings.
Your dad has fallen and is en route to the ER.
Mom is panicked and wants you to rush home right now.
Home is 500 miles away and you had planned on staying near the university a couple of days to help your daughter get settled. She still needs sheets for her bed and other things to make her dorm feel like home.
On top of that, you’ve got an important presentation to put together for your biggest client. You originally thought you could work on it at night in your hotel room. Your husband left for a week-long conference in another state.
You’re worried about your dad and mom, your daughter, and don’t want to make your husband feel obligated to cut his business trip short. You knew this day was approaching. After all, mom and dad are both pushing 80! It’s just that when the inevitable happens, it all seems so unexpected and daunting.
Welcome to the sandwich generation.
Home Care Help – Your Life Boat in Turbulent Waters
Whether, as in the scenario above, you’ve just begun in your caregiver role, or you’ve been caring for a parent for a few years, you need help. The good news is, you have high quality help available to you. You just need to know where to look and what to look for.
We sat down with Ted Wolfendale, Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse™, a home health agency located in Naples, Florida.
In fact, with 35 years of operation, Dial-a-NurseTM is the oldest and most respected home agency of its kind in the area.
“My mom started Dial-a-Nurse™ when I was only 14 years old after my dad received a diagnosis of bone cancer,” Ted told us. “We had no idea what to do. There were no hospices, no home health agencies, nothing of the sort at that time. We bought a hospital bed, wheeled it in the house and took care of him for four years until he passed.”
“My mom started Dial-a-Nurse™ when I was only 14 years old after my dad received a diagnosis of bone cancer,” Ted told us.
Ted’s mother saw a need and began Naples’ first home care agency. Now about 35 businesses offering home health services and four hospices have popped up. With so many choices, how are you to know which will provide the best possible care for your loved one?
See Part 2 for how Dial-a-Nurse™ solves this problem.
If you're thinking about eldercare, give us call. We would love to discuss your options.
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Posted on Thu, May 1, 2014