It’s something people don’t want to think about—until they must. When friends or family members have debilitating conditions, so much so that they must have help on a daily or even hourly basis—it is time to sit down and figure out what can be done. The Comfort of Home: A Complete Guide for Caregivers is a plainly written manual for those who wish to keep their loved ones at home.
CRRL accommodates customers who otherwise couldn’t get access to their library materials through Assistive Services, Interlibrary Loan, our work with the Rappahannock Juvenile Center—and through the Lobby Stops program, which is coordinated by Jenny McGee. I sat down with Jenny to learn more about the Lobby Stops.
Do any of these situations sound familiar to you?
-The phone rings at 10 p.m. notifying you that your father has fallen and rushed to the hospital with a probable broken hip.
-You call your mother several times one afternoon and evening without any answer.
-Your aunt’s neighbor calls you to tell you that the papers are piling up on the front doorstep over the past week and she is not answering the door.
Whether you live an hour away or across the country, long-distance caregiving can be a challenge for many families.
Have you and your loved ones made your healthcare end of life decisions yet? Have you drafted an Advance Directive to communicate your end of life choices in writing? Monday, April 16th marks the Fifth Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day. Consider setting aside some time in your busy schedule to learn more about end of life care options and possible medical decisions that can arise during a health crisis.
To learn more about Advance Directives and other information about end of life decisions, please visit the “Advance Directive” section of the SeniorNavigator website.
You will find Virginia Advance Directive forms here to complete, as well as a link to the Commonwealth of Virginia's Advance Health Care Directive Registry, where you can securely store your medical power-of-attorney, do-not-resusitate orders, and other health care wishes.
SeniorNavigator is the go-to website for Virginians who need information on services for our citizens of "a certain age!" Caregiving, housing and long term care, transportation, and legal and financial information for the aging can be found at SeniorNavigator.org.