Wednesday, October 23, 2013
It is better to start thinking about it early, but there will probably come a time when it is necessary to think about elderly home care for your aging loved one. There will be signs that they cannot live independently in their own home anymore. These signs may come on gradually, or you may wake up one morning and realize your loved one needs help, and needs it now.
There are a number of options within home care for the elderly, including companions, home services, healthcare services, etc. Depending on the capabilities of your elderly loved ones; home care can be daytime, nighttime, part time or fulltime. There are other questions to consider, too. Will your elderly loved one continue to live in their own home, and receive home care services there, or will they move into your home and receive home care services in your home, so you can continue with your career, and other aspects of your life?
If you have questions you can’t answer in relation to how much care your aging loved one needs, you can hire the services of a care needs assessment specialist to determine what option would work the best.
Whether your elderly loved one stays in their home or moves to yours, there are some safety issues that need to be addressed. For example, have loose throw mats and un-attached rugs been taken up off the floor? They make for major tripping and slipping hazards. Have grab bars been installed in the bathroom? Is there a stair lift if the house has a staircase? Is the lighting adequate throughout the house?
If your loved one decides to stay in their own home, there should be some plans made for taking care of the outside tasks like mowing the lawn, shoveling the snow, tending the flower garden, etc.
With a live-in caregiver, most of the everyday tasks of living are taken care of. For example, they can help with light housework, light yard work and of course the personal needs like bathing, dressing, making meals, hygiene, toileting etc.
Take a careful walk-through the home where your elderly loved one will be living, whether it will be her home, or yours so that you can look for risks of falling or other hazards. If you are unsure about making safety decisions, contact someone at the elderly home care agency to do this for you.