What's Your Care Option?

I’m sitting under a perfect San Diego sky watching the flow of the current in the lagoon across the way. I’m watching the flow of traffic on the hillside beyond the lagoon. I’m basking in the late afternoon sun, and I’m thinking about elder care.

Yes, I said elder care.

Health care reform, whatever that means today, flitted across my mind for a moment. I’ll find out what that is now when I check the news later…until it changes…again. The definition of elder care doesn’t change, though.

Elder care means taking care of an older person. Period.

There are a lot of ways that care may be provided, and different people may be doing the providing, but the basic definition doesn’t change. The fact is, many of us who live to be older may eventually require some kind of care. Those of us who have older parents may eventually have to provide some kind of care.

Are we thinking about elder care?

My parents are both deceased as is the older aunt I cared for. I don’t think much about elder care in that respect. My only child is headed toward 14. To be honest, I’m sure he thinks he’s providing elder care every time he brings me a glass of water. I don’t believe he’s thought about elder care much beyond that.

The main reason I’m thinking of elder care right now is that it’s my business. I’ve been there, done that, and got the T-shirt. There’s a random thought: If there were a T-shirt, what would it “say”? Anyway, I know the possibilities but I don’t feel like I need to think about elder care for myself yet.

Is the same true for you? Have you given elder care any thought? Do you have a plan? Does anybody know what your plan is?

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Originally posted 2009-08-25 00:19:45.

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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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