Home care may be the answer to the challenging situation of an elderly parent who may want to keep living independently in his or her own home.
If your parent needs help with ADLs—Activities of Daily Living—such as personal grooming, toileting, dressing and bathing, hiring an eldercare aide would be the perfect solution. Aides have training in helping senior citizens perform these activities.
The aide can also make sure your parent’s home is clean and tidy to help keep him or her safe and healthy. Many aides will do light duty housekeeping, such as surface cleaning. Part of the job can include transportation to senior centers, grocery shopping, errands or other places.
If your parent just needs good nutrition or must have a special diet, the aide can prepare and serve simple meals. This will also serve to be sure the person eats his or her meals regularly and does not have to sit alone to eat.
An important element of eldercare is providing companionship. Your parent will enjoy having someone to focus on him or her and listen to concerns and even discuss news or old-time TV programs older people enjoy. A good aide will show genuine interest in personal history and stories seniors love to relate. This kind of attention makes the person feel he or she is still important and not alone.
An aide will also record the elder’s progress, including moods, energy level, amount of food and fluid intake and medications. This provides useful information to the family and the person’s doctors. Problems and changes will be easy to track and report.
The law prohibits a home care aide from providing skilled nursing service. If this type of care is required, a Registered Nurse or other licensed medical professional will need to be hired, at least on a visiting basis. However, most everyday tasks can be performed by an eldercare aide, from reminding him or her of medication to helping with daily exercise.
Elderly people of today are in better health that older people were in the past, and most want to stay in their own homes as long as possible. Maintaining the independent status of the senior citizen is the purpose of eldercare.
An elderly person’s quality of life overall can be greatly increased by utilizing home care aides. If an older parent has fairly good health, it should not be necessary for him or her to live in a nursing home. Living at home is more beneficial than living in a facility.
An aide who is employed by or works as an independent contractor for a home care agency/registry is dependable, trustworthy, has been trained and is licensed. This is important whether you live nearby or far away, but is especially reassuring if you do not live close enough to check on your parent frequently.
Once you have decided on home care, the service will start with an assessment in your parent’s home. The home environment and the health of your parent, as well as any special needs he or she may have will be taken into consideration. From this visit, the level of care will be determined and whether customization is needed for a medical condition such as heart disease or diabetes.
Call today with your questions or to schedule a preliminary visit with no obligation. You can rest assured your parent’s needs will be met and he or she will continue to enjoy living at home even when you cannot always be there. Once you have all the information you need, you can be confident that eldercare is the right decision for your loved one.
For an Aide in Miami and Dade county contact Miami Home Care Services.
For an aide in Boca Raton, Palm Beach and Broward county visit Boca Home Care Services.