Most adult children would be happy to help their aging mom or dad with all kinds of tasks, especially as the parents get older and more physically limited. However, with enough health issues and chronic conditions, it can be quite stressful and time-consuming for adult children to become family caregivers. If the family caregiver has a job and family of their own, it’s increasingly difficult for them to give their elderly mom or dad the proper help when it is needed. That’s why many families are looking at in-home care from elder care providers.
What Do In-Home Elder Care Providers Do?
Instead of moving to a care facility, more elderly adults than ever are opting to age in place by staying in their homes and have outside help. Studies show that aging adults are overall healthier and recover faster from illnesses and injuries when they age in place with proper care. However, most seniors reach a point where they cannot live at home completely independently and need some assistance with daily tasks. Elder care providers can be there when family members have other obligations.
In-home elder care providers are professionally trained to help seniors in all kinds of ways. When it comes to self-care, elder care providers can assist in getting ready for the day, such as lending assistance with showering and getting dressed in the morning. These professionals can also help the aging adult with work around the house, such as cleaning and laundry. Some elder care providers even offer transportation services for aging adults who can no longer drive themselves.
When Is It Time for In-Home Care.
It can be tricky to determine when an aging loved one has reached the point where they need in-home care. Many seniors prize their independence and may cover up some of their true struggles from family members. Fear of the future may fuel resistance to even talking about in-home care providers. However, it’s important for family caregivers to pay close attention and line up an elder care provider when it is needed.
Seniors need outside help if they start having difficulties with mobility as that can really limit how well they can do daily tasks. Chronic health issues that cause them to get weaker or bring on more fatigue will also signal that it may be time for help. Family caregivers can look for clues to get a better idea of how their loved one is living. Warning signs include piles of dirty dishes and unwashed laundry, empty refrigerators and cupboards, frequent falling, an unsanitary home, and problems with isolation and loneliness.
The main reasons why aging parents need in-home care is due to declining health and wellness and increasing struggles with independent living. Hiring an elder care provider can give seniors the help and companionship they need while family caregivers attend to other responsibilities.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Turlock, 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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