Making the decision to be an organ donor can be one of the most meaningful and beneficial choices that your senior can make. Through this decision they have the capacity to save up to eight lives through the donation of organs and to save or help with the critical healing of up to 75 others. If your senior is considering becoming an organ donor, they may be wondering about things that they have heard about donation or how donors are treated. As a family caregiver, encouraging your parent to make this decision can be a way to boost their mental and emotional health and help them to feel more relevant and meaningful to the world around them, and helping to clarify myths about organ donation can be an important step to giving them greater confidence that they are making decisions are truly right for them.
Some of the myths and realities about organ donation include:
- The elderly are not able to donate. This can be a very hurtful myth. The reality is that a person is never too old to be a donor. Even in very old age, many organs, tissues, and the eyes can still be extremely beneficial to those in need.
- Those who have health problems are not able to donate. If your senior is suffering from health problems or challenges, they may feel as though they are not eligible to donate. This is not the case. There are very few health issues that would cause organs and tissues to not be usable for others, such as death from systemic infection or AIDS. Even those who are suffering from serious health complications such as these should still list themselves as donors if they want to donate. It is possible that there will still be possible donations, such as the corneas.
- Organ donation may be against my religion. This can give a senior tremendous pause. The reality is, however, that most major religions support organ donation and consider it a selfless act of love and compassion. If your parent is concerned, help them to get in touch with a spiritual leader to discuss their wish to donate and how it may be viewed within their religion.
- Organ donors do not receive effective medical care. This is one of the most common misconceptions about organ donation. In reality the, being an organ donor in no way impacts the type of care that a person receives when they are ill, injured, or even at the end of their life. They will receive the level of care and treatment that is appropriate for their needs and for their individual wishes regardless of their intentions to donate organs.
Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you make for them during the course of your caregiver journey. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging loved one on a customized schedule that is not only right for their needs and challenges, but also for the care efforts that you are able to give them. This means that you can feel confident that both when you are able to be with your parent and when you are not, they are getting everything that they need to manage their challenges and limitations in the way that is right for them. This keeps you at the forefront of their care while also encouraging them to live the safest, healthiest, most fulfilling quality of life possible as they age in place.
If you or someone you know needs senior care in Rochester, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.
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