“The key is getting involved, when necessary, without overtaking the parents’ autonomy,” writes Stern. Of course, this is often easier said than done. The article goes on to lay out some helpful pointers.
When having discussions with your parents, it’s often helpful to know what community services are available to keep them safe while preserving their dignity and independence. Our Find Services tool is a good place to start. We list programs and services offered by hundreds of agencies in Ontario that are often of interest to family caregivers. And we make it easy to zero in on resources in your parents’ community. Can’t find a service you’re looking for? Then just visit thehealthline.ca to see a more comprehensive listing.
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