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Legal Issues Involved in Caring for an Aging Parent

What kind of legal issues could you face as a family caregiver? You might be taking care of your elderly mother and have no prior experience supporting a senior like this. You may assume this is your responsibility. After all, she lives in the same town. Why wouldn’t you want to be there for her?

Caregiver Stress in Spring Hill FL: Legal Issues

Caregiver Stress in Spring Hill FL: Legal Issues

It’s certainly noble to be a family caregiver, especially taking care of an elderly parent, but stress and anxiety will be become part of your life. You also need to understand certain legal ramifications when providing this type of care and support.

You cannot legally administer medications.

Unless you are a licensed and certified nurse, you won’t be able to legally administer medications. What does it mean to administer? Even if you touch one of her prescription bottles, open it up, and take out the pills to hand it to her, that’s technically administering medication.

You can certainly offer her reminders, and while many family members overlook this legal aspect, you don’t have the authority, legally, to do this. If she requires an IV or some other direct medication, a visiting nurse may be needed.

You can’t force help upon this aging parent.

You may be absolutely convinced they need assistance, and while you want to be there for them, you can’t force him or her to accept help. You might realize the benefits of a home care aide, but if they adamantly refuse, there’s nothing you can legally do about it.

Yes, you might be able to take them to court to declare them legally incompetent to make those decisions, but that’s rarely a good decision. In fact, it can destroy relationships to break up families.

They have the right to independence.

Your elderly mother, father, or other loved one is an independent individual. They have the right to their own independence. They have the right to decide the course of their life, including whether or not they rely on outside assistance.

It’s easy to assume you know what’s best, especially when you begin worrying about their safety, seeing the changes in their physical capabilities, and understanding the health issues they may be facing, but if you believe they need help and you understand the value of hiring a home care aide, learn as much as you can about it and then approach them to discuss it.

By giving them respect, you help them feel better, more in control of their life, and control may be something they are desperately trying to cling to.

The staff at Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care is available to talk with you and your family about all of your needs. Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care provides quality and affordable home care to reduce caregiver stress in Spring Hill, FL and the surrounding areas. Call (352) 289-0450 for more information.

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TJ Hedick

TJ Hedick is the owner and director of "Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care" located on Florida's Nature coast. With a family lineage that stretches out over four generations here in Hernando County, TJ is extremely passionate about his local community with an emphasis on the senior population."I don't know, maybe it was the way I was raised, but I have so much admiration and respect for seniors in our community." Hedick said. Only leaving the area briefly to study business management and marketing Hedick later returned home to the business community. He added, "I always knew I would find a way to enrich peoples lives and that this would be my calling. I started to focus in on the senior community and decided that the people I would serve through my business endeavors would be the same senior community that taught me so much and instilled such great values in me throughout my youth." Hedick opened Acti-Kare as a way to give seniors the help and care they needed to remain independent and safe in their own homes as long as possible. Another cause close to his heart is the pursuit of a cure for Alzheimer's and dementia, and until there is a cure the proper care for those who suffer from this disease. "Dementia has affected my family and a very personal way." He continued. Through his company, Acti-Kare, and his personal efforts, Hedick looks forward to be major contributor for senior causes for years to come.

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