Navigating Declines in Health with Aging Parents Over the Holidays

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Do your aging parents live in the Sunshine State of Florida? Are you visiting them during the holidays? Do you look forward each holiday season to the wonderful time spent with your aging parents and other family members?  Unfortunately this holiday season can be suddenly overshadowed when one or both of your aging Florida parents experiences a fall.  We know that falls are not only alarming but can also signify underlying health issues or the need for long-term care. As a Florida elder law firm, we know and understand the complications this situation presents, and we would like to help you with navigating the declines in health with your aging parents over the holidays. Below we have written some steps to take if the health of your aging Florida parents continues to decline or they have experienced a fall over the holidays.

  1. Begin by being sure your aging Florida parents are safe and then seek medical attention. The first and most crucial step is to ensure the immediate safety of your aging Florida parents. If they have fallen, assess if they are in pain or unable to move and if possible, gently help them into a comfortable position. It does not matter whether they insist they are fine, it is crucial to seek medical attention. Sometimes an adrenaline rush may mask pain or injuries. A thorough medical examination is necessary to understand the extent of the injury and to prevent further harm.
  2. As soon as possible, talk to their doctor for a comprehensive assessment. After addressing immediate concerns, it is important to have a detailed discussion with their doctor. This step goes beyond treating the immediate injuries from the fall. The doctor can evaluate if the fall is a symptom of broader health issues, such as balance problems, vision impairment, or a neurological condition. Understanding the underlying causes is essential in preventing future falls and determining the necessary care and support your loved ones need.
  3. Based on the medical advice, you will now be able to evaluate the long-term care needs of your aging Florida parents. With the doctor’s assessment, you need to evaluate the level of care your aging Florida parents now require. You might need to make changes to their living environment, consider in-home care services, or explore assisted living or nursing home options. It is crucial to find a care solution that addresses their medical needs and supports their overall well-being.
  4. At this time, we highly recommend meeting with a Florida elder law attorney as soon as possible. Your Florida elder law attorney can discuss financing care for your aging Florida parents. Be aware that long-term care can be expensive, and planning for it financially is a critical and necessary step. This is where a Florida elder law attorney can be most valuable. An experienced Florida elder law attorney can help you work through the financial landscape of long-term care, exploring options such as Medicaid planning, tapping into long-term care insurance, or utilizing other assets. The goal is to find a viable solution that secures the necessary care without overwhelming financial strain.
  5. It is important to begin implementing home safety measures and fall prevention strategies as soon as possible. It is important to make immediate modifications to the Florida home of your aging Florida parents to reduce the risk of future falls, while arranging for long-term care. Examples of these modifications might include installing grab bars in the bathroom, ensuring good lighting, and removing trip hazards like loose rugs. We also recommend consulting with healthcare professionals or a physical therapist for personalized fall-prevention strategies that suit the specific needs of your aging Florida parents.

During this holiday season we know and understand that a fall or serious healthcare event can be a distressing event, but taking these steps can help ensure the safety and well-being of your aging Florida parents. It is about providing them with the care they need and ensuring their dignity and quality of life. Remember, as a Florida elder law firm, we are here to assist and guide you through this challenging time, helping you make informed decisions in regard to the care and financial planning for your aging Florida parents.

We know this article raises more questions than it answers. We provide expert service to guide you through the medical, financial, and emotional stress of caring for an aging parent or spouse. Our law firm was born out of the personal journey of Attorney H. Frances Reaves as she cared for her own parents.  This experience taught her that most seniors in the United States are ignored by society, the government, business and, sadly, their children.  Most children of elderly parents don’t know how many benefits and resources are available for their parents or ailing family members. Let us help you. We encourage you to contact us and schedule a meeting.