It’s become clear that your elderly parent is in need of some assistance around the house and with the everyday activities of living. Perhaps you notice they are not eating as well as they should or their personal hygiene has steadily declined. It can be difficult to suggest they need help, from yourself or an elder care provider, to someone who has been very independent their whole life. Enter the world of interactive caregiving.
Interactive caregiving is supporting your loved one in the areas they need while allowing for maximum independence that is still safe. If you are hiring an elder care provider, the three of you would sit down together to discuss your parent’s needs. The general idea is that the care provider is there to assist your parent, not to do everything for them. The care provider can provide the transportation, but they and your parent will go together to pick out the groceries. The elder care provider will prepare meals while your parent sets the table. They will do chores together, go on walks together and attend social functions and outings together. In many instances, the two become close companions and the care provider, your parent’s strongest ally.
If you will be providing care as well, there are a few tips to remember to help your loved one remain as independent as possible and their self-esteem strong and intact.
- Engage in activities outside of the task-oriented to-do list that requires daily attention. This includes playing games together, attending functions or classes at the local senior community center or YMCA, enjoying a walk at sunset. These are the moments you and your parent will take to heart and carry with you in the days ahead.
- Include them in the daily activities as much as possible. This can be difficult on days when there is a time-constraint as you can often get certain daily activities done faster when working on your own. It’s important, however, for your parent to still feel like a vital, contributing member of the family. On busy days you may want to consider giving them certain chores to complete while you tend to others.
- Assess their home for safety concerns. Creating a home environment that is safe helps them maneuver and perform daily activities. This includes removing any tripping or slipping hazards such as throw rugs, wires or cords that cross pathways, or furniture that could create an obstacle. Make sure their lighting is more than sufficient. Install grab bars in the shower and by the toilet and place nightlights in the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING IN-HOME ELDER CARE IN SUMMERLIN, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY 702-800-4616.