Resources available for discussions on aging

Although school may be ending for kids all across Pennsylvania, we are encouraging their parents and grandparents to start their homework- the important conversation about what they want as they age.

Nason Hospital Home Health Agency has teamed up with the Pennsylvania Homecare Association to offer a multimedia resource for families to use as a guide to begin the conversation about what they want as they age.

A brief documentary chronicles the stories of three Pennsylvania families grappling with common issues that so many face as they care for aging parents, try to navigate the healthcare system and find the resources necessary to keep loved ones at home.

A companion guidebook provides information about all of the services and resources available to families as they care for aging loved ones.

The goal of this resource is for families to discuss ahead of time where and from whom they want to receive home health, personal care or hospice services if they ever need them. As many of us have experienced, a crisis is never the best time to make these decisions.

And while planning for aging, illness and end-of-life care may not necessarily be topics that people are eager to discuss, this is an important and critical conversation that families need to have so they are prepared if something happens to their loved ones.

Just like that infamous moment when parents impart the wisdom of the “birds and the bees” to their budding teenagers, this is another must-have conversation on the continuum of life – the talk about what our parents’ wishes are as they grow older.

Many health-care treatments that were once only offered in a hospital can now be safely, effectively and efficiently provided in people’s homes. Other options are also available to assist seniors with activities of daily living, such as bathing and transportation.

The guidebook outlines all of the different types of care, an idea of the cost of care, who pays for it and important questions to ask when choosing a provider.

This helpful resource is available to families at no charge through Nason Hospital Home Health Agency, or by calling the Pennsylvania Homecare Association toll-free at 1-800-382-1211.

Sharon Snider

Nason Hospital Home Health Agency

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