Hopefully, your parents have living wills in place. This protects them from unwanted medical measures if they can’t speak for themselves during a health crisis or after a crash or fall. If they don’t have an advanced directive or living will in place, you need to talk to them about it.
Another thing that every family should discuss is organ donation. Are your parent’s organ donors? February 14this National Organ Donor Day, so it’s a great time to have this important conversation.
What Is Organ Donation?
According to Donate Life, there are more than 110,000 adults and children in the U.S. who need organ transplants. Each year, 8,000 men, women, and children die before organs needed to save their lives become available. Of those numbers, about 8 out of 10 are waiting for a kidney.
There’s one more alarming statistic. More than 9 out of 10 people say they are willing to donate an organ if they died and their organs were healthy. However, only 5 out of 10 people have actually registered to actually donate organs. They leave the choice up to family members who must make the decision while grieving.
Make sure people close to your parents know they are organ donors. Surgeons usually have 12 to 36 hours in which they can remove organs and get them to a patient in need. It’s not a lot of time.
Donors can give their healthy organs, eyes, and tissue. Someone in need of an organ benefits from an extended life. Organ donors save lives. That organ that gets donated could be new lungs for a teenager with cystic fibrosis. It could be a heart for a child with a heart condition. It could be the corneas that help prevent blindness.
How Can Your Parents Become Organ Donors?
If your parents have valid drivers licenses, most states have a box that can be checked if the driver wants to be an organ donor. Your parents can also add a paragraph about organ donation on their living will.
For people without a driver’s license, it’s still easy to sign up to donate organs. Donate Life America is a nationwide organization that allows online registration.
Organ donation is an important conversation for any family. You should also take time to discuss aging at home. Your parents may be healthy and independent now, but things can change in a hurry. Do you know how your parents feel about elder care services?
Talk to your parents about the ways elder care helps seniors age at home. From having someone to drive them to appointments and businesses to letting someone else tackle the laundry, caregivers aid seniors who want to remain in their own homes. Call an elder care agency to ask questions and discuss rates.
If you are considering Elder Care in Rocky River, OH, for an aging loved one, please contact the caring staff at Four Seasons Home Care today: (440) 716-9100.