Q: Widowed, In Mid 80s And Considering Home Care

GymnastOldPhysically and mentally I’m OK, but slowing down a bit day by day. My kids and grandkids live across the country, and soon I may need local help with everyday chores, such as laundry, cleaning, shopping and med appointments. How do I get the services started? MLMcB, Pittsburgh PA

A: First, after consulting with family, tell your concerns to your family doctor. With their help, investigate reliable local home care services, and consider the best choice and most economical for your needs. If you decide to start with minimum help, such as one day per week in-house care, along with some appointments, it could give you a favorable start. Then you’ll feel more confident to continue if and when you’ll need more comprehensive in-home care.

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