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Assisted Living Options

Several years ago I was preparing to say farewell to my husband who would be going on a work trip at the end of the week. He was to be starting a new position and would be clear on the other side of the country for three months. We were just finishing up dinner when I received a frantic call from my brother. Our dad had been injured while on a business trip. He had fallen down a set of stairs outside and had broken his neck. He had been air lifted to the nearest hospital in Texas. Neurosurgeons were working on him and we wouldn’t know the out come for awhile. After a brief family conference it was decided that I would go down to assist my mom and be there for emotional support. While waiting in the airport another phone call revealed the damage was worse than expected. When he fell his vertebra had slipped into his spinal column and had crushed it flat. I was worried his face would be scratched up when I should have been worried about him ever being able to walk or move his arms again. As I boarded the plane it was the longest flight I’d ever been on even though he was only an hour. I contemplated never being able I hold my dad’s hand again. To never being able to receive a hug from him again. Tears filled my eyes and I cried the entire flight. As the plane landed I pulled myself together to be strong for my mom who I knew was devastated because the love of her life was laying in the bed unable to move. She picked me up at the airport and gave me another update. The surgery had gone well but they did not know how much of his movement he would be able to get back. He was fortunate in the fact they got to him so quickly. Because of this and a lot of prayer he was able to lift his arms and his legs. They later found out he had broken his leg and had to go in for another surgery to get it set. The next concern was getting him home. They lived in Colorado and he’d been on in Texas for a meeting. At this point he still had a catheter in and was incontinent. Apparently, airplanes don’t like it when you fly with medical supplies attached to you. After a few more weeks he was finally stable enough to fly in an airplane. Once we got him to Colorado we had to put him in a rehab facility that dealt specifically with quadriplegics. In the facility there were concerns as to how he would adjust to home life. He would have special needs. A ramp might need to be installed for a wheelchair. He might need somebody to help him come and get dressed. After searching around and looking at all the options Home Care was our saving grace. By the time he was released from rehab he had made a complete recovery it really was a miracle. This entire situation had a lasting impact on me. It got me thinking about what I would do when my parents got to the age of retirement and entered a new stage of Life called elderhood. Elderhood is  a stage of life that is becoming more and more prevalent due to health care improvements. The following articles will deal with different options available to seniors. We will also weigh the pros and cons of each. Please stay tuned…

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Let's Get To Know Each Other
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Let's Get To Know Each Other
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How did we get started in home care? What do you do when your father becomes a quadriplegic.
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Atlantis Home Care
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2019-06-18T21:48:12+00:00

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