In Home Care for Seniors is a Family Issue
It takes the whole family to help find the right in home care for seniors in Rapid City, SD
An aging loved one in your family has different needs than any other family member. Whether you’re considering in home care for a senior member of your family or some other option, it’s important to recognize how aging family members can be best supported when the whole family is involved.
The new needs of senior family members
The aging process leaves seniors at a more vulnerable stage of life than family members may be used to seeing them in. Seniors may face multiple or challenging health concerns, loss of mobility, and different cognitive function than in prior years. The support and presence of family members can make a big difference in how these challenges are faced.
A senior family member may also need someone to advocate for them. They may feel unable or uncomfortable to state their needs or preferences, so a family member who understands their routine, their health concerns, and their personality is best able to communicate on their behalf.
Finding the resources that will help your family
While assisted living communities and nursing homes may feel like your primary option, millions of Americans every year are choosing in home care as the right option for their family. No matter what kind of care you choose, your loved one will have a better outcome if you’re involved in their care planning and administration.
A senior care provider can provide more continuity for a senior loved one’s daily routine, and can also help make your loved one’s home safer for them to be in. Even if you are able to keep your loved one in their own home, they will need your assistance to develop a relationship with their caregiver.
Taking responsibility for the care of senior family members
Your family may have already decided who will do the most caretaking for your loved one, whether that’s the family member who is geographically closest to them, or most available to respond to immediate needs. If your family hasn’t had this conversation yet, it can be a good starting point for beginning to decide what kinds of care will be the best options in the future.
Even if your family has already assigned some responsibilities, no one family member should be asked to provide all of the in home care for the senior member of your family. Home maintenance, finances and bill payment, insurance and medical claims, and daily needs like errands and meals are all areas that a senior family member will need support. Talk with your family about who is best able to help out with each of these needs.
Also, don’t forget the importance of regular visits for your senior family member. As you brighten their day, you can also monitor their health and mental status, and note any changes or concerns with their professional caregiver. You may find that their care plan needs to be modified to address changing circumstances.
How do I get started?
In choosing the most appropriate care for a senior loved one, there are a number of decisions to make and questions to ask.
- How can you begin talking with your parent about their care needs?
- How will the care be funded?
- Is your parent typically a thinker or a socializer? Thinkers desire space and privacy. They prefer independence, reading and working quietly alone. On the other hand, socializers are energized by people. They enjoy interactions with others and become lonely without regular interaction.
- What is your parent’s current living situation, and what kind of lifestyle are they used to?
Make a list of the types of care they may need assistance with (bathing, eating, transportation, etc.). Then, investigate types of care that are available, and how each might address your parent’s needs.
To help find the senior care solution most appropriate for your parents, you can gather more information from their current health care providers. The information your loved one’s physician can provide can help inform the plan you and your family create. There are many options within the categories of assisted living, nursing homes, or in home care for seniors, so investigate lots of care providers and discuss your options as a family.
Choosing the best senior care option is a difficult decision. Involving family members helps ensure that you consider all factors and choose the best possible solution for your loved one.
Comfort Keepers Home Care provides senior care services in the following cities and neighborhoods in South Dakota:
Rapid City, Sturgis, Spearfish, Belle Fourche, Lead, Deadwood, Custer, Hill City, and Hot Springs, South Dakota