It’s not uncommon for Heather Hill Pathways to receive a flurry of “distress calls” after the Christmas period as many families try to come to terms with the increasing frailty and loss of independence of older family members.
Heather Hill, Managing Director of Heather Hill Pathways, says, “When families get together over Christmas and New Year, often it’s the first occasion in some time that younger family members have spent an extended period with mum or dad or an older family member.”
“Families may notice that mum and dad aren’t really coping. Perhaps they notice some recurrent tell-tale signs that may indicate there’s a problem”.
For family members worried about what they’re seeing in their elderly parents after Christmas, Heather recommends they ask themselves a few simple questions.
She says incidents in isolation might not indicate a problem but a recurrence of some tell-tale signs may mean it’s time for a family meeting.
If you answer yes to some of the above questions, then it’s time to think about what to do next.
Heather Hill Pathways has trained nursing professionals to help you with your care planning, starting with a “Pathways Family Meeting”. For this meeting your dedicated coordinator will work with you to identify needs and care requirements, as well as any eligibility for aged-care services and benefits. You will also receive an overview of various financial, legal and emotional issues resulting in a personalised plan forward that best supports you.
Contact Us today to organize your Family Meeting.