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Best care options for disabled 60 year old father?

I am looking for the best options for my father's care. He is 60, so he is not elderly, but his diabetes has gotten to a point where it is no longer feasible for him to live by himself without some sort of care, and my sister and I are unable to provide the sort of care he needs. Without going into too much detail, my father's problems with his type I diabetes are unique and have resulted in many calls to EMS and trips to the hospital. He has recently been approved for disabilty.

Again, he is only 60-years-old and when his blood-sugar is stable, he is mentally sound and capable of doing anything a typical 60-year-old can do with the exeption of driving. I am uneasy with the thought of him in an assisted living facility because of this. However, he does need care, especially during the night. If anyone had any advice or information about care options for my father, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Status: Open    Dec 30, 2015 - 10:35 AM

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Dec 30, 2015 - 06:54 PM

Without too much background on your father's condition or specific problems he is having at night, I have a few suggestions for you. It sounds like he could benefit from a medical emergency alert with a fall detection. I highly suggest the fall detection incase he is unable to push the button due to difficulties with his diabetes. Is he falling because of complications from diabetes? If so, he may need a follow up with his physician. Is he falling because he is getting up often to go to the bathroom, etc? You may consider a home safety evaluation for suggestions to decrease fall risk. Is his balance impaired? You may consider a physical therapy evaluation to evaluate and treat these issues to reduce fall risk.

Is it possible to hire someone for just evenings or rotate family/friends that can stay with him in the evening? You check also check with your local Area Agency on Aging or the Network of Care where you can select your state and see some options and resources in your area. They will also be able to answer any questions on his benefits since he is only 60 but approved for disability.

Best of luck.
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