Senior Care At Home Is A Family Issue
The entire family should work together to come up with the best solution for a loved one's senior care at home.
As loved ones get older, we are often left worrying more and more about them after each visit. You may be finding yourself in a similar position. You may be at that stage where you want to start talking to your loved one about senior care at home. Before you do, there are some things you should consider.
Seniors find themselves in very vulnerable positions after a certain age. Many may be facing chronic health conditions, and they will need your support. Although you may not be able to care for them directly, there is a lot you can do to help them get the in home senior care they need to maintain their independence.
First thing's first though, you need to bring up senior care at home. Many older adults struggle with admitting they may be in need of a professional caregiver. Often, the reasoning behind this has a lot to do with feeling shame around needing help in the first place. As you can imagine, after an entire lifetime of independent living, it is quite difficult to admit you may no longer be able to continue living on your own. For more information on starting the conversation about senior care, click to read our article.
As much as 80 percent of older Americans say they would prefer to continue living in their own home as they age, and that is simply not a viable option for many without non-medical senior care at home.
Considering the types of services your loved one requires now and those they may need in the future is important. If they are well and mostly independent, part-time companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, and transportation may be best. As their needs become more advanced, seniors can benefit from in-home personal care assistance, bathing and grooming, feeding assistance, toileting and incontinence care, mobility assistance, and specialized dementia care.
Next, make a family plan. Family members may want to remain active in your loved one’s care and often being able to drop by for a visit at any time is important for families. Who is the closest family member living near your loved one? Consider asking them if they would be willing to provide your loved one with support in case an emergency comes up.
Once you have gotten your loved one settled into senior care at home, visit as often as possible. Encourage other family members to do so as well. Your visits can make a world of difference to your loved one.