My parents are both in their nineties and they are still living at their house by themselves. It is pretty remarkable that they have been able to live alone for so long, but I do not think that it is safe for them to do so any longer. I have been thinking about it for awhile, and I have decided that I am going to hire senior home care in Queens for them, to help them out and to make sure that they have what they need.
One of the issues is that my father is starting to show signs of dementia and while he is still there for the most part, his cognitive abilities are starting to decline, and it is noticeable. I am worried about how bad it is going to get and how fast it will advance. But there is not really anything that can be done to stop it, as far as I have been told by doctors and such. The problem is that his declining mental abilities is putting more stress on my mother, and she is really too old to have to deal with more in her life.
If I had my way, they would not be living at their house by themselves anymore, but would rather be somewhere where they did not have to worry so much about taking care of themselves. I know that is not going to happen though. So this seems to be the best option that I do have for taking care of them, and making sure that they are okay. I still worry about them pretty much every day, and I try to visit as much as I can. But I have a really busy schedule, and I can’t visit them as much as I would like to do.