Struggling to decide if home care is the right choice for your elderly parent is stressful. You have your parent’s declining abilities, but you also have your parent’s independent nature. Here are some tips to follow when deciding if home care is the best option to keep your aging parent in the family home.
How Well Can He/She Handle Daily Activities?
Typical daily activities in any home include keeping rooms relatively clean and clutter-free. This doesn’t mean the house must be spotless, but if pets are using the floor for a bathroom and it’s going unnoticed, foods are being left out and covered in bugs or mold, or piles of magazines are blocking access to a room or hallway, your parent may need help at home.
Other things to watch for include how well your parent is remembering to pay bills on time, if personal hygiene is slipping, or if safety concerns are being ignored. Look to see if your parent is neglecting smoke alarms, leaking pipes or faucets, or the smell of gas at a furnace or stove.
Are There Mental or Physical Health Issues at Play?
Mental and physical health issues may require home care services to come in and make sure your parent is safe at home. Can your parent remember appointments and safely get to and from those appointments? Is your parent in need of companionship? These are key signs that home care will be beneficial.
If your parent has a hard time getting up and down stairs, home care may be necessary to ensure safety while moving from one floor to another. Can your parent hear the doorbell or smoke/carbon monoxide detectors? These are all issues that signify the need for to have caregivers checking in daily or staying with your parent when you can’t be there.
Can Your Parent Feed Himself/Herself Properly?
A proper daily diet is important to any senior, but many fail to eat properly. Whether they forget when they’ve last eaten, cannot get to the grocery store without assistance, or simply find cooking bothersome, home care assistants help make sure your parent is eating nutritious meals each day. Home care plans can also include programs like Meals on Wheels to bring food to your aging parent each day.
Home care can make a difference in your elderly parent’s life. Whether all-day supervision is required or your parent simply needs some companionship, home care keeps your parent in the family home while also ensuring he or she has a helper to stay safe and complete daily, weekly, and monthly tasks with ease.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Lodi, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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