In your role as a family caregiver for your aging parent, you want to make sure your senior has access to everything they need to stay safe and healthy, live their highest quality of life, and manage their challenges in the ways that are right for them.
As you care for them, you may start to wonder if the care you give them is enough, or if you should consider introducing home care into their routine.
You want to make sure you are making the decision that is right for your senior and for you, which means evaluating not only the essential benefits of home care but also the needs your parent has, so you can determine if this type of arrangement would be beneficial.
Some things to ask yourself when considering if it is time to start home care for your senior include:
- Does your senior parent feel secure and comfortable in their home by themselves?
- Has your aging parent shown signs of more frequent falls, bumps, and other injuries that may be putting their safety at risk?
- Has your senior recently been diagnosed with a new health issue, or been experiencing worsened symptoms and challenges related to their health?
- Have you noticed issues with your parent taking care of themselves, such as noticing they are not bathing as frequently as they should, haven’t changed their clothing in a few days, or are no longer taking proper care of their home?
- Does your senior no longer drive, and spend the majority of their lives isolated within their own home?
- Has your parent expressed a desire to be more active, or to engage in the world around them more often?
- Are you concerned about your aging parents cognitive functioning, and their ability to take care of themselves effectively on their own?
- Have you moved so you are now at a distance from your parent, and are no longer able to be with them as frequently as you would like to be?
- Has your own ability to care for your aging parent changed, whether it is due to physical changes, schedule changes, or others, making it more difficult for you to fulfill their needs on a regular basis?
- Does your senior struggle with care needs at night, or regularly require your assistance during the night?
- Has your parent expressed feeling lonely or isolated, and you feel they would benefit from companionship?
- Is your parent struggling with their nutrition, such as not eating enough, eating too much, or not following dietary guidelines from their doctor?
How can home care help?
Starting home care for your aging parents can be one of the best decisions you make for them during the course of your caregiver journey with them. When you decide to integrate an in-home senior care services provider into your care routine with your aging parent, you are taking a valuable step both for your senior’s health and well-being, and your own.
With the customized services of a care provider, you can feel confident your senior is getting everything they need to manage their health issues, preserve their mental-emotional health and well-being, encourage their independence, and boost their quality-of-life. With this care provider taking on tasks that can range from transportation to activities of daily living to medication reminders to housekeeping tasks, so you can take a step back, relieving your stress and enabling you to focus on other elements of your life as well.
If you or an aging loved one is considering Home Health Care in Anderson, OH, please contact the caring staff at Queen City Elder Care today. Serving Cincinnati and Surrounding Communities. Call Us Today (513) 510-4410.
Michele Vollmer is a visionary leader who is perpetually searching for ways to improve, so to remain at the leading edge of the home care industry.She has served in the healthcare industry since 1989, including pharmaceutical and home health sales, as well as hospice sales and sales management.
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