February 14 is World Donor Day. While this day may more frequently bring to mind thoughts of paper hearts or hearts filled with chocolate, as a family caregiver, this can be a meaningful way to think of hearts in a different way. Being an organ donor can be a way for your parent to feel invested in the community and like they are capable of doing something good for others. Many elderly adults, however, are under the impression they can’t become organ donors, or don’t have enough information to fully understand how important it is to be an organ donor. By better educating yourself and your parent on this extremely valuable decision, you can make the decision that is best for each of you.
Some things you should know about World Donor Day and organ donation include:
- One organ donor can save up to 8 lives.
- One organ donor can impact the lives of more than 75 people.
- Anyone has the ability to express their desire to be an organ donor and be registered as such.
- Approximately 20 people die in the United States each day because they did not have access to the organ they needed to survive.
- Every 10 minutes a new name is added to the waiting list for transplant organs.
- Each day approximately 92 people in the United States receives an organ transplant.
- Thousands of people in the United States each day benefit from tissue donations such as skin and corneas.
- There are currently more than 118,000 people on the waiting list to receive an organ transplant.
If your aging parent is interested in becoming an organ donor but is unsure of the process or what it might mean for their health and care as they age, it is important to talk to their doctor. Getting full information can help your parent to feel confident in their decision.
Elderly care can be a meaningful and nurturing way to help your parent live their best life as they age in place. Just because they are getting older doesn’t mean your senior shouldn’t be able to enjoy an active, engaged, and fulfilling lifestyle, and an elderly home care services provider can help them accomplish that goal. These services are fully customizable to ensure your parent gets the maximum benefit from having access to the care they need, when they need it. These services can include transportation, assistance with running errands and other tasks to support independence, medication reminders, meal preparation, help with personal care needs, mobility support, and more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Danville, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE