Taking Your Elderly Parent to the ER? — The 5 “Must Haves”

Taking Your Elderly Parent to the ER? — The 5 “Must Haves”

Everyone dreads it.  A trip to the ER involving your elderly parent.  For starters, it’s stressful.  And, this past weekend I was reminded exactly how emotionally, physically and mentally draining it can be. At 90 years old, dad does pretty well.  But, with anyone who is older, things can change quickly.  And for dad it did, necessitating us to head with him to the ER.  Not the sort of “trip” you want to be taking, but inevitably with an elderly parent it happens.   Mom came with us, and my brother met us there. Crowded, noisy and not well-suited for the elderly, we suffered through a 4 hour wait before being seen.  Once seen, it was another hour of stops and starts before a surgical procedure was performed and relief obtained.  We survived pretty darned well though, considering how helpless we felt at first.  Making the best of the situation boiled down to 5 things really. The 5 “Must Haves” These […]

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