Should a parent become unable to care for him- or herself, questions inevitably come up between siblings over care of their parent/s: where should the parent/s live – at home, or with which sibling – who should manage their parent’s money, who will assume primary care-giving duties. Should that sibling be paid?
A Personal Care Agreement (sometimes called a Personal Services Agreement) can be an effective way to avoid misunderstandings that could otherwise arise.
Commercial responses have been many and varied to the parallel developments of the elderly becoming an increasingly larger portion of our population and, increasingly, voicing the desire to stay in their own home rather than move to a more constrained environment. As a result, home-based, elder care support systems are coming to market at a rapid pace.
Recent presentations by Ms. Elizabeth Flurry, Director of Clinical Integration at Johns Hopkins Health Services, showcase some of the exciting technology currently, or soon to be available, to assure and protect one’s health: while living alone with impairments, or monitoring certain conditions.
It depends on the kind of assistance you or your loved one needs. Home health agencies usually provide a CNA (certified nursing assistant), who performs personal services (bathing, dressing, giving medications and meals, etc.) and takes care of the space immediately around the client (the bedroom, sheets, etc.). As a medical professional, a CNA looks after a person’s body and the space around it. If your needs are primarily medical, you might want this kind of service.