If you’re new to taking care of a senior parent, you’re probably getting a lot of information thrown at you. It’s ok to feel a little overwhelmed. But you should know that you don’t have to go through any stage of caring for a senior parent alone. There is always help available for you, and for your senior parent. If your elderly parent is determined to continue living independently and you’re worried about their health and safety, you should know about senior home care. Senior home care is a service where an experienced care provider will visit your parent on a regular basis to help them with activities of daily living.
Your senior parent will have as much support as they need with things like housework, driving, running errands, getting to the gym, cooking meals, and much more. When your senior parent has regular visits from a home care provider you can feel better about them living independently.
Some of the other things that you should know about home care include:
There Are Various Types of Senior Home Care Services
There are various types of services available to meet the needs of seniors living at home. So, no matter what level of care your senior parent needs there is a home care service that can help. Some common types of senior home care are:
- Personal Care Services: Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting.
- Companion Care Services: Companionship, emotional support, and assistance with light housekeeping, meal preparation, and errands.
- Respite Care: Temporary relief for family caregivers, allowing them to take breaks and attend to their own needs while their loved ones receive professional care at home.
- Post-Hospital Care: Help for your senior parent when they transition home from a stay in the hospital. Medication reminders, ambulatory assistance, transportation to follow-up visits and more.
Specialized care is also available for seniors with conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Assessment and Care Planning Are The First Steps
It’s ok if you’re not sure what type of care your senior parent needs. When you get in touch with a home care agency they can assess your senior parent’s current condition and help you decide what type of care would be best. If your senior parent’s needs change in the future the type of care that they receive can change too.
Home Care Is A Collaboration
Effective communication and collaboration between family caregivers and home care professionals are essential for providing quality care to seniors. Care providers will communicate with you and work with you to fine tune the care that your senior parent is getting. Working together you and an elder care provider can make sure your senior parent is comfortable and safe at home.
Caregivers Know The Value Of Independence
Home care providers understand why seniors choose to remain at home and they’re committed to offering the compassionate care and support that seniors need to live well independently. If you can’t visit your senior parent every day, or if you live far away, senior home care makes it possible for seniors to live well at home.