Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Help Is Ready When Caring for Parents

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Help Is Ready When Caring for Parents

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DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm a working mother. I also care for my ill and aging father. Are there professionals or services that can help me care for him?

DEAR READER: There can be plenty of rewards in caring for an ailing parent. My parents both died suddenly while apparently healthy, so I never faced this situation. But I've had many patients and friends who have told me that they got closer to their parents in the process of caring for them.

However, that care takes a toll, especially when you're also juggling other responsibilities. Help is available from various organizations. Here are some services and professionals you might want to look into. Job responsibilities and services may vary from state to state.

ADULT DAY SERVICES offer a variety of programs. They may include transportation, nursing care, meals, personal care (such as help with bathing or toilet use), social opportunities or rehabilitation.

CERTIFIED NURSE'S AIDES can help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and personal care. They cannot administer medications.

HOME HEALTH AIDES may administer medications. They also perform personal services such as bathing and dressing.

NURSES offer skilled nursing care, such as inserting IV lines, cleaning wounds and changing bandages. They can also administer medications.

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