If you are in the situation where you are caring for your aging parent and your growing family, then homecare is the answer. Andelcare can help your family with options for your loved one. They can schedule a caregiver for everything from a short daily check-in to full-time care, in their own home. Continue reading this article and call Andelcare if you need more information about homecare in Bellevue WA or the surrounding area.
The Parent Trap: Adult Children Care For Elderly Parents
Meet members of the sandwich generation: raising children, dealing with elderly parents and their care — and sometimes feeling like they’ve bitten off more than they can chew.
By Marilyn Werber Serafini, KHN Staff Writer
This story was produced in collaboration with Bethesda Magazine.
Chris St. Clair’s mother was firmly rooted in Breckenridge, Texas, population 6,000, with its three traffic lights and two grocery stores. She had graduated from the local high school and knew how many times the banks had changed names. She didn’t intend on leaving.
But in 2009, the 82-year-old woman’s weight dropped to 83 pounds. When a home nurse called to tell St. Clair, the Kensington resident jumped on a plane to Texas.
There, she found her mother’s refrigerator and pantry near empty. She learned that her mother had canceled Meals On Wheels, which had been delivering lunches and dinners, and that she had been driving around town against her doctor’s orders while recovering from cataract surgery.
“She was doing things that were going to cause her to die,” St. Clair says.
Seven times that year, St. Clair had flown to Texas to arrange her mother’s surgery, along with Meals On Wheels and a nurse to check in regularly. With a husband, two daughters and a full-time job setting up computer systems, it wasn’t easy, and St. Clair quickly ran through her annual leave. Still, she was confident that she had created a stable and comfortable environment for her mom.
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