Who can I turn to for support?You should not feel alone when it comes to thinking about what’s best for your loved one. Whether you have a question about where to install a grab bar, what kind of exercise is safe, or which kind of walking aid is appropriate for a given disability, there are people who can help. If your family member’s doctor does not have experience with the special needs of older persons, ask for a referral to a local geriatrician or gerontologist. These doctors have special training and interest in the medical, physical and emotional needs of older persons.
Also ask for a referral to the local or state home health service. If your family member is coming to live with you after a hospitalization, speak to the hospital social worker about visiting nurses and home care services. Although services vary greatly from region to region, many are able to provide home nursing, in–home attendants and home physical therapy. A good social worker will work with the visiting nurse service to determine the amount of help you need based on the physical limitations or medical needs of your loved one.