The moment your aging parent is diagnosed with breast cancer is life-changing for both of you. At this moment, you are at the beginning of a potentially difficult and long journey that will impact the care you give your parent for the rest of their life. It is important to remember that this journey is extremely personal for your parent, and they should be at the center of every decision made. This makes taking the time to talk to your parent and ask them a variety of questions, an important step in understanding how this journey may progress, and how to structure your care so it is right for your loved one.
Some questions to ask your senior after they are diagnosed with breast cancer include:
How are you? Just acknowledging them and what they are going through, and giving them the opportunity to express their feelings and work through them can be extremely valuable.
Are you ready to talk about your options? Your parent might not immediately be ready to talk about treatment, surgery, or other issues. Give them some time to think through this, and get to a place where they are better prepared.
Do you want a different opinion? If your parent has heard the treatment options from their current medical team, ask them if they might want to hear other options from a different provider. Empowering them to educate themselves can give them the opportunity to know what they need to to make the choice that is truly right for them.
How can I support you? You know you will need to be there for your parent to help them manage physical needs and continue to address challenges and limitations that impact their daily functioning, such as mobility issues and handling finances. When they are at the beginning of a fight with breast cancer, it is critical they know you are there for them for emotional support and encouragement as well. Make yourself available to your parent, and let them know they are not alone.
The fully customizable nature of the services of an elderly care provider is just one of the reasons why this type of care can be an incredible benefit to your senior in their later years.
When you incorporate an elderly home care services provider into your care routine for your senior, you are giving them access to a completely individualized approach to care and support.
The services they receive are specifically designed to match their needs and challenges, as well as their goals and personality. This means they are approached as a whole individual, rather than just a specific issue or challenge. The result is more independence, better health, greater safety, and overall higher quality of life.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Caregiver in Carmel, IN, please call the caring staff at Home Services Unlimited. Serving Greater Indianapolis Area. Call for Immediate Info & Assistance: (317) 471-0760
As a practicing Registered Nurse, Etelka was keenly aware of a void in quality patient care that could be provided in the home. She embarked upon a journey to develop a home health care agency that would exceed all expectations and become a trusted partner to physicians and patients.
A Distinguished Career From Nurse to Director of Nursing to President of Home Services Unlimited
Etelka’s distinguished career followed a logical progression to her position as President of Home Services Unlimited. She graduated as a nurse practitioner with a Bachelor of Nursing (RN) in 1972 from Meshgorya University in the Ukraine, close to where she lived with her family. She married her husband Phil in 1973 and decided in 1977 that they would relocate to the United States to be closer to family and to come to this land of opportunity. With an eagerness to continue her budding career, Etelka sat for and passed her Boards in the U.S. in 1979.
A Love and Talent for Working with the Elderly
Etelka began her nursing career in the U.S. at Colonial Crest, now part of Golden Living, where she was the In-service Coordinator, the Director of Training and Education and Director of Nursing, a position she occupied for several years.
With a group of partners, she co-founded Adept Corporation, which operated group homes for the mentally challenged. The business was successful and in 1996, Etelka sold her share to return to her roots, caring for the elderly.
In January of 1997, Etelka opened Home Services Unlimited as a fully licensed business to provide home health care. In her quest to learn to do better for her patients, she had already obtained a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) in May of 1990 from the College of St. Francis. As President of Home Services Unlimited, Inc., Etelka guides the trusted, experienced care model Home Services Unlimited uses to continue providing excellent home health care.
Giving Back to the Community of Indianapolis
Volunteering for community services is a high priority for Etelka. Her memberships include the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Executive Women in Health Care and the Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care, where she is a member of the Board of Directors.
Etelka has also served on the Board of Directors with Hooverwood Home, a highly regarded geriatric facility, since 1997 and as the President for 2005-2006. Through her community work, she has received several awards and accolades, including the Nora McFarland award in 2002, from the Indiana Association of Home and Hospice Care.
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