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Providing Care for Your Aging Parent(s)

This past week has been pretty chaotic in the Byrd household. I got a call last Monday night that my mom had died. She was going to be 90 this year (my dad’s 86 with dementia). We’ve been trying to keep them in their home in the Bay Area as long as possible but knew we were going to need seek care facilities when they couldn’t safely take care of themselves. Since my brother lives on the Central Coast, it made sense to move them down here so we’ve been looking at care facilities for awhile. It also helps that my oldest daughter recently went through psychiatric technician training at Cuesta/Atascadero State Hospital. The technicians spend time working in the different care facilities in the area and she knows which ones are good and the not so good ones too.

My dad is now a resident (as of this past Monday) at Sydney Creek, a mental care facility in SLO. I’d like to say that the folks at Sydney Creek have been really great with the transition for my dad and our family.

The other item I wanted to note was that my parent’s Living Trust helped a lot with all of this. Without it, the process would have been a lot more complex.

I’m also going to go look at long term care insurance. We got a sticker shock when we found out how much it costs for elder care.

Written by Keith Byrd - Go to Keith's Website/Profile