Sometimes the annual trek to the family homestead can bring more stress than joy for adults with elderly, disabled or chronically-ill parents.
The annual trek to the family homestead can bring more stress than joy for adults with elderly, disabled or chronically-ill parents. Mom’s chronic condition is getting worse. Dad can barely take care of himself, let alone manage mom’s needs. The bills aren’t getting paid. The house is a wreck.
“The holiday season is the time when many adults are forced to confront the reality of parents’ declining health,” says David Wingate, an elder care attorney. “We get many calls this time of year, mostly from adults from out of the area who come home to attend a holiday gathering and discover that mom or dad can no longer function on their own. It’s terrifying to go home and find out that parents need help with basic, care, especially when both spouses are already working outside the home.”
When the holidays reveal the truth about a parent’s health, finding someone to look after mom or dad becomes an urgent priority.
“Most people don’t know where to begin to support their parents who are struggling with illness or disability,” said Wingate. “The challenge is even greater when you’re only in town for a few weeks or less and don’t have much time to locate the care your parents need. We are here to help you and your loved ones find the help they need and regain peace of mind.”aging parents, David Wingate, elder law attorney, frederick, maryland