Having an aging parent can be compared to caring for a child, but with some significant differences. They are your parent after all and used to being in the caretaker seat. And although everyone reads books on pregnancy and child rearing when they are expecting a baby, are given parties and gifts and advice, few of us are prepared for becoming our parent’s parent. I existed in denial until dawn gradually broke that my mother and I had swapped positions in the cosmos. This year has been a tremendous challenge and learning experience for me.
This fact reached past the current bad weather we are experiencing here in the NW when I received a comment on my blog about Manor Care from someone in North Carolina who has a mom in Manor Care, Tacoma. Their experience at the Tacoma facility has not been as good as that which we had at Manor Care, Gig Harbor and the plea for suggestions has raised some issues in my mind that are worth examining for everyone with an aging parent—for everyone with a parent since eventually they are going to get old. Some of the issues I have had to deal with besides care facilities are medications, equipment, shopping and security.
If you have an aging parent or believe they will one day be elderly, visit my blog The View From My Broom.