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Take the Aging Veteran in Your Life Out for Breakfast, then Talk about Home Care Options

Veterans Home Care Eagleville PA

Veterans Home CareYou’ve been paying attention to your father’s health over the past several years. Since your mother passed away, you stop by on a regular basis to check in on him and you worry that he’s not getting proper nutrition, is not taking care of the house, and seems to be wearing the same clothing for days on end. He may be a veteran of the United States military and you know he should consider some type of home care, but you also understand he is a proud individual who may not accept help from somebody else.

September is All American Breakfast Month and this could be a great opportunity to take your father out for a nice, hearty breakfast at a local restaurant or diner, and then discuss the issues you see with his health and well-being.

Why breakfast?

Breakfast is, as most people understand, the most important meal of the day. Your father may not have a tendency to eat much for breakfast, especially since your mother passed away, but while everyone else is heading off to work, you could manage to find a nice, quiet diner where the two of you can get that great first meal of the day and talk about life in general.

How to begin the conversation about home care.

The best way to begin a conversation on this topic is to ask your father how he is feeling, what he has a tendency to do throughout the day, and if there is any concern he has about his health, safety, and well-being at home. He may be reluctant to talk about the challenges he’s facing at the moment, but he may also be more open to discussing things when it is directly asked of him.

You can talk about challenges you’ve faced taking care of yourself, which can open up doorways for this conversation.

If he expresses some concerns, this would be an opportunity to talk about getting support. He might not know anything about home care aides, and you should learn as much as you can about what a professional caregiver can offer him as far as support and encouragement.

There may be certain activities he wishes he could do once again, but since you are busy, his friends are no longer around, and he doesn’t have any other type of physical support, he doesn’t even think about doing them. With a home care aide, he could see that some things are, once again, possible.

For more information about how Reliant at Home Care can help your aging parents remain in their own homes, call 610-674-6860.

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Cerie Goldenberg, MSW,LSW

Cerie Goldenberg- My name is Cerie Fish Goldenberg. I have dedicated all 40 years of my professional life practicing Social Work in Montgomery County, PA.I earned aMasters Degree of Social Work from the University of Toronto and I am a Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania.I was an active participant in the growth of Montgomery County Office on Aging and Adult Service developing needed services and resources for both younger and older adults.

After40 years of being a problem solver and advocate for those in need including my parents who lived into their 90’s and chose to remain in their home, I remain passionate about providing the highest level of service possible to those individuals for whom we are providing care.It is my vision that those of us who choose to remain in their home to be given the opportunity to do so in a safe and dignified manner. Hence the birth or Reliant at Home Care.