Care for Elderly Parents: Where to Find It


by: Leslee Jaquette

After surviving a stroke and a two-week hospital stay, Mom needs nursing care while she embarks on a lengthy rehabilitation program. Mom is recovering, but she will never feel safe living alone again in the old home place. Her children and most other grown children, when faced with this sort of crisis, have no idea how to find quality care for an elderly loved one.

Given that 80 to 85 percent of elders who need care are in crisis, it is fortunate that options for care for the elderly have grown considerably over the past decade. In addition, our ability to uncover and understand what these options entail continues to evolve. Today, we have access to a huge amount of information as well as an increasing number of resources to help guide us as we navigate a course to finding the best possible care.

Needs and Wants

According to Mary Ellen Pierce, RN and principal of Care Management Associates of Vancouver, Washington, determining care for the elderly comes down to baseline legwork, "Identify what an individual needs and wants in terms of a living environment."

If families choose care for the elderly just for location, amenities or pretty gardens, they may find the services do not fit. Instead, Pierce suggests, "Take time for an assessment, which can be used as a template for what your loved one needs in terms of services. Then, add the life enhancing amenities he or she finds important."

Tips for Tapping into Senior Care Resources

Once the care program is defined and a plan of action developed, it is time to tap into resources such as:

  • The Internet
  • Local senior publications
  • City and state programs
  • Non-profit organizations

Families can make serious inroads on their quest for quality care for elderly loved ones, too, by contacting local hospitals and clinics, which often provide brochures with referrals for assisted living, nursing care or memory care.

Another place to look for caregiving is through government entities such as the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Aging & Disability Services. Others turn to faith-based organizations or health-related, non-profit associations such as the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association to look for guidance when it comes to care for the elderly.

Of course, most of these and a plethora of unimagined resources can be accessed by way of the Internet. Web-savvy family members can research care for the elderly by referencing all sorts of keywords such as:

  • Aging services networks
  • Community resident referrals
  • Senior homes
  • Home and community services
  • Adult day services

For professional advice, look in community senior publications or on the Internet to locate senior care consultants. Senior living experts such as Pierce can often shortcut the process of finding care for elderly loved ones. When the selection narrows, evaluate each facility's fee agreement alternatives as well as ask if it has been accredited by CARF-CCAC.

Do the Legwork

Just as when evaluating any senior housing, it is important to visit the facility that will care for an elderly loved one. Check out the atmosphere, food, staff attitude as well as services and health orientation.

Most importantly, talk with nursing care residents and their families about the quality of care and kindness. Does it offer the kind of services needed and ask, "How will your community enhance my loved one's lifestyle?" is a free resource for people looking for senior housing or senior care for a loved one or themselves. With valuable articles and a comprehensive directory of care options, AllSeniorHomes is the best place to start your search for assisted living, independent living, Alzheimer's care, a retirement community or home care. Visit our website to find valuable resources in searching for care for elderly parents.


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  3. It's also a good idea to post on your Facebook any recommendations for nursing homes in your area. This way, people with first hand experience can give you some feedback.
  4. With the above information it will be easier to play my father when the time comes. I agree that gardens and locations are not always the most important aspect of elderly care.
  5. Great post. I think the first place you should look at is <a href="" rel="nofollow">The Eldercare Locator</a> a public service of the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services. Ensure that you and your loved ones are protected and receive the best care possible. If you or your loved one has the option to receive home care at home, there are some good senior nationwide home care providers like <a href="" rel="nofollow">BrightStarCare</a>
  6. Mary's comment: “Identify what an individual needs and wants in terms of a living environment.” This is so true: you must identify what is best and what the senior wants. Even if their requests are unattainable, for whatever reason, educating them on why certain choices are made will go a long way in making them feel their opinion matters.

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