Monday's Facebook viewers wanted to know more about elderly care. What options are out there when family help just isn't enough?
It's a scenario familiar to many across the United States as adult children become caregivers for aging parents. And when the going gets tough, families turn to help.
"The family sees, over time, that their loved one is struggling just with tasks of daily living," said Kristine Scheider, an administrator for Mill Creek residence care in Marquette.
Places like Mill Creek are an option. The live-in facility offers countless of activities and a 24-hour staff that cares for its residents. A lifestyle like that can cost anywhere from $2,700 per month, depending on the person's needs.
"It's our job to make sure that everything we do, from daily care to medical treatment, resembles home for them," Scheider said.
And perhaps home is where the heart is. Many of you on Facebook said that children should return the favor.
"Just remember when you were young, they took care of us, so it's our turn to take care of them," said Clare Tasson.
At U.P. Home Health & Hospice in Ishpeming, they agree.
"That's where their families know them as a family member, and so our goal is to empower these people, these clients of ours, to stay in their homes whenever possible," said CEO Jeff Nyquist.
With 20 nurses and dozens of other professionals, the team steps in when the help of family members just isn't enough.
"Too many people work themselves until they're bone tired before they realize or look for the options, so part of the answer is finding more access," Nyquist said.
Both organizations offer various services for the elderly. Medicare and insurance are big factors in determining affordability and, again, the price per month depends on the client's needs.