Certain health conditions can make it unsafe for seniors to age in place independently, and sometimes they need 24-hour supervision so they can remain as safe and healthy as possible. Because many families don’t have the time, resources, and expertise to provide the care their elderly loved ones need in these instances, they often choose to work with professional agencies that can provide 24-hour home care. If your loved one needs around-the-clock care and is having a difficult time adjusting to the transition, here are a few ways you can ease his or her mind.
Meet with the Caregiver in a Group Setting
Instead of having your loved one’s caregiver show up alone or unannounced, try to schedule the first meeting when you or another family member can also be at your loved one’s home. For many seniors, one of the most difficult parts of receiving 24-hour in-home care is feeling like strangers are living in their homes. Showing you’re comfortable with the caregiver may put your parent at ease. By setting a friendly tone early on, you can prevent uncomfortable situations, miscommunication, and hard feelings down the road.
Though you may be researching multiple agencies that provide home care, Scottsdale Home Care Assistance has much to offer your family and your elderly loved one. We are leaders in the senior home care industry, offering proprietary programs like our holistic Balanced Care Method and around-the-clock assistance from reliable, experienced caregivers. Trust Home Care Assistance to help your loved one enjoy a happier and healthier life in the golden years.
Open the Lines of Communication
The transition to 24-hour home care might be easier if your loved one doesn’t feel cut off from his or her family and friends. If your loved one has a mobile phone, spend some time teaching him or her how to find specific contacts and send text messages. You can also stock your loved one’s home with envelopes, stamps, an address book, and anything else that might help him or her regularly interact with family and friends. No one wants to feel like his or her family is being replaced with a caregiver.
Get the Home Ready
Seniors who require 24-hour assistance will likely need some help getting their homes ready. Instead of having a stranger go through your loved one’s belongings, your parent might be more comfortable prepping the home with the help of family members. You can designate specific areas for your loved one’s belongings that won’t be touched or moved at any time, and you can also get out any supplies the caregiver might need so he or she doesn’t need to search the house. Some other tasks your loved one might need help with include stocking the refrigerator, doing some light housekeeping, and organizing medical supplies.
If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of in-home care. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Focus on Upcoming Events & Outings
Having something to look forward to can make a difficult transition much easier to manage. Remind your loved one about upcoming birthday or holiday celebrations he or she will be a part of, and plan a few visits or outings soon after the care services begin so he or she has something immediate and tangible to focus on.
Whether your loved one needs around-the-clock care or help for just a few hours a week, it may be challenging for you to provide the care he or she needs and deserves. Family caregivers need to care for their own wellbeing. If you’re caring for an aging loved one and are feeling overwhelmed, consider hiring a professional caregiver to provide respite care. Scottsdale families who want to prevent burnout can turn to Home Care Assistance. One of our professional caregivers can assist your loved one at home while you take a nap, go to work, run errands, or go on vacation. Reach out to one of our qualified Care Managers today at (480) 771-2710.