When you are a family caregiver for your elderly parent, you will need to make a wide variety of decisions for your senior and for yourself. One of the most important is whether your aging parent would benefit from homecare.
Hiring a homecare provider for your parent can be a wonderful way to enhance your senior’s care and boost their quality of life, while also easing your own stress and making sure that you can continue to focus on all aspects of your life while meeting your parent’s needs effectively and efficiently.
Some signs that you may notice that could indicate that your parent might be in need of homecare include:
- Increased physical limitations and challenges, such as problems with mobility or balance issues
- Increased instance of falls and other accidents that might threaten their safety
- Increased health challenges that may require additional assistance, such as medication reminders and assistance with germ control
- Signs that your parent might not be taking proper care of themselves, such as increased body odor or wearing the same clothing several days in a row
- Cognitive functioning decline, such as in the case of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia
- Difficulty handling activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and grooming
- Difficulty handling secondary activities of daily living such as grocery shopping, taking care of their home, and meal preparation
- Loneliness and isolation that may be contributing to mental and emotional health issues
- Lack of transportation that limits their ability to participate in activities, run errands, or otherwise leave their home as frequently as they would like.
Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult is difficult. Fortunately, homecare is there for you. Starting care for your aging parent is a fantastic way to ensure that your elderly loved one gets everything they need to stay healthy, happy, comfortable, and safe as they age in place. This can mean filling care gaps that might exist in the efforts you give them, stepping in to care when you are not available, or just providing extra support and companionship to your senior for a more fulfilling quality of life throughout their later years.
These highly personalized services are specifically designed to address their individual needs, challenges, and limitations in the way that is right for them so that they can pursue as much independence, activity, and engagement as possible.