Alzheimer’s disease is a complex medical condition that often brings with it overwhelming issues for those who are providing care. As the disease continues into later stages, those with Alzheimer’s increasingly communicate through behavior as opposed to speech, and oftentimes these behaviors can be inappropriate in nature.
Ask most seniors if they would prefer to continue living at home, even if they are challenged by aging-related issues, and the answer in the majority of cases is a resounding “yes!” Having to move away from home, a place filled with so many memories, can be upsetting, even if a senior admits that it’s getting more difficult to manage. However, wanting to continue to be at home and having the ability to do so safely, all alone, are two different things. So what can you do? Even if you are a 24/7, around-the-clock family caregiver, you can’t do it all by yourself. You need help, and it could be that care coordination is the solution you need when helping older parents age at home.
Many families find that preparing for home care services requires the expertise of a professional who fully understands all of the options. And it’s true — appropriate care coordination from an aging care specialist will help everyone involved feel more organized and secure.
Who Can Help?
Many seniors can benefit from help with several aspects of life, such as meal preparation, transportation to and from medical appointments, taking medications, and conducting the routine activities of daily living. Trying to coordinate all of these tasks can be challenging for a family caregiver. What many people don’t understand is that home care agencies, like Home Care Solutions, can help identify, locate, and coordinate all of the aspects of effective care at home. They can even uncover recommendations that may not have been considered at first for helping older parents.
Home care agencies have resources and contacts that are incredibly helpful for families who are in the middle of planning for long-term care. Our experienced staff and caregivers are always happy to help families in determining the right care plan for a loved one and assisting with all of his or her care needs. Our care plans are always customized to each individual and can include a broad range of services, such as:
- Personal care (showering, dressing, etc.)
- Planning and preparing healthy and appetizing meals
- Providing friendly companionship
- Light housekeeping and laundry
- Running errands
- Transportation and accompaniment
- And others
Call us at (509) 627-8575 to learn about our in-home care and care coordination services. As the leading provider of at home care in Richland, WA, and surrounding areas, we’re here with the resources and answers you need, any time.
Long Distance Caregiving: How to Help Aging Parents from Far Away
Living far away from senior loved ones can make the need for help at home easier to overlook. In fact, many adult children of older parents frequently do not realize that Dad and Mom need assistance until they arrive home for a visit or spend a longer period of time together. If you are long distance caregiving for senior loved ones, it’s essential to have a plan set up for crises and care. Continue reading “Long Distance Caregiving: How to Help Aging Parents from Far Away”
Should Your Parent Still Have Elderly Care When They Live With You?
Living with you and the rest of your family can be a very beneficial transition for your aging parent. This can bring them into closer proximity of their family caregiver for greater support, take away the financial burden of managing their own home, and benefit the family by creating a closer bond while also giving you more time and flexibility.
If you are considering having your parent come to live with you, you may think this means you are then completely responsible for all of their needs, and should not consider having any care for them. This is not necessarily the case. Even if your parent lives with you, having elderly care as a part of their routine can be extremely beneficial for everyone involved.
Some of the reasons you should still consider an elderly home care services provider for an elderly adult who is living with you include:
- Provide consistency of care so even as your personal schedule changes, you can feel confident your senior is still getting everything they need.
- Give you flexibility in your daily life to manage all aspects of your day rather than only worrying about your parent’s care needs.
- Ensure you are available for other things, such as attending activities with your children.
- Provide for ongoing care when you are at work or otherwise out of the home.
- Allow for more independence and autonomy for your senior who can rely on an elderly home care services provider for transportation to activities, errands, volunteer opportunities, and more so you do not have to always be the one to provide this transportation.
- Provide for diversification of care and mental stimulation through activities and companionship.
- Provide respectful and dignified assistance for potentially sensitive tasks such as bathing.
- Support and physical assistance for participating in activities and outings with the family so you can focus on enjoying the experience and taking care of your children.
There’s a common misconception that elderly care is only beneficial for those who are extremely elderly, have extensive challenges, or have no family near them.
This is not the case. Instead, the customized services of an elderly home care services provider can be exceptionally beneficial even for those seniors who have ongoing support from their family, only suffer mild to moderate needs, and have remained largely independent.
These services are fully customizable, which means your parent receives what they need and when they need it. The services are tailored to handling their challenges and needs in the ways that are right for them while promoting a quality of life that they desire and deserve. These services can benefit your parents by saving their energy, saving their time, boosting mobility, offering transportation, and more.