This is part of a series of articles that walk families through the decision process of hiring a home care agency. Additional topics include managing the caregiver relationship, how to have a conversation with your loved one about home care, and choosing between residential options and at-home care. Click here for our full series of articles on home care.

I always say it takes a village to raise a family. Searching for home care for your loved one is usually an entirely new experience, and it is absolutely reasonable to ask questions and seek advice from your peers.

We often judge ourselves harshly for seeking advice or guidance, even considering it a weakness to feel ill-equipped to address the challenges we face with our loved ones. I am here to say that there is nothing about any of the scenarios we’ve discussed that reflect weakness of any kind. Aging is a reality of life, a new chapter that is unfolding, and we get to meet it with as much grace as we possibly can.

Sometimes, the best information is from a friend or acquaintance. When you share your experience, you find out that you are not alone. Your feelings are affirmed when you realize that your experience is shared by others. It’s powerful to learn that there is support available, that good outcomes can be achieved, and the situation is not hopeless.

That validation has immeasurable value for a family’s peace of mind, to see the aging process for what it is: a journey that comes complete with its own set of unique ups and downs, and that each of our individual experiences adds to the hope of the collective whole.

This is part of a series of articles that walk families through the decision process of hiring a home care agency. Additional topics include managing the caregiver relationship, how to have a conversation with your loved one about home care, and choosing between residential options and at-home care.

Click here for our full series of articles on home care.

About the Author

Karen Faith Gordon specializes in providing support to individuals and families addressing issues of aging. Services provided include mental health counseling, grief counseling, patient advocacy, medical care coordination, real estate and placement guidance to address short and long term care needs, and adaptive yoga for optimal well being.

In a system fraught with bumpy rides, Karen provides guidance, direction, and reassurance to achieve optimal well-being for older adults and those caring for them.

Karen’s ideal client is someone who is facing the challenges of a spouse/parent/loved one who is experiencing cognitive or physical decline. This client seeks guidance and support from a knowledgeable expert to create a plan to address short- and long-term needs.

Her relationships with clients, colleagues, and providers of care reflect years of collaborative effort to achieve best outcomes. She has presented to audiences locally and nationally to educate on topics of care management, affordable health care, and the benefits of yoga and aging.