As a caregiver, the Fourth of July can be a wonderful time to spend with your loved one. Independence Day brings grills, pools, and fireworks to mind, but maybe you’ve been thinking about encouraging more personal independence for your loved one.
If Mom struggles to perform everyday tasks, then you may be shouldering the responsibility of her daily care. It’s easy to get into the habit of doing things “for” your loved one rather than “with” them. Over time the physical and mental energy you exert on these routine actions can take a toll.
Admitting you need help is not a sign of failure. It is a recognition that both you and your loved one need support. One option that offers both medical care for the frail elderly and assistance to their caregivers is PACE or Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.
PACE is a long-term care option which enables seniors who are eligible for nursing-home level of care to continue living safely at home and in their community. The model of care focuses on the person as a whole, comprehensively addressing social, nutritional, physical, emotional and medical concerns. This approach helps them live the highest possible quality of life and fosters healthy independent living within the home.
Staff at PACE see it all the time; new participants who are frail and dependent. They have been living alone, not eating properly, not having stimulating conversations, struggling to get dressed, and dealing with multiple medical conditions. But once enrolled in PACE with a customized care plan, they thrive and re-gain much of their independence. Imagine the life your loved one can enjoy with the support of all-inclusive care from PACE.
This Fourth of July, PACE is celebrating hundreds of North Carolinian seniors who continue to live independently through our comprehensive services. To learn more about aging in place with PACE contact your local PACE program today.