5 Things to do Before Caring for Aging Parents at Home

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As your parents age, it can be difficult for you and your loved one to realize changing needs and roles. When it becomes difficult for mom or dad to live on his or her own, moving in with you may be the best option. To help ensure that you will be able to promote safety and provide quality care for your loved one, Home Care Assistance of Naples suggests doing these five things before moving a parent into your home.

  1. Meet with your loved one’s doctor. Knowing as much as possible about your loved one’s health and what type of care he or she needs is a crucial factor in deciding if you can take on the role of caregiver. Be realistic about the emotional needs, medical needs, and level of care the senior requires. Be guided by facts rather than emotion or guilt, and don’t forget to explore options such as hourly or live-in home care in Naples for respite and additional assistance.
  1. Talk to your loved one. It can be easy to dismiss an elder in failing health, especially if changes in memory or cognition are evident. Yet, it is extremely important to respect feelings, listen to objections, and guide the discussion to ensure that your loved one understands that you are trying to help preserve quality of life, independence and safety. Also, do not be afraid to get help from a counselor or mediator. A third party can ease the delivery of an emotional message.
  2. Include your loved one in the decision making. To the extent possible, give your aging parent choices. Are their options for who the senior can live with? Is living at home still an option? What belongings can he or she keep? Ask your loved one for his or her wishes, and determine which ones are viable and which ones may not be. Openly discuss why certain options are not possible as opposed to saying no outright. Now is also a good time to discuss long-term care wishes, such as end-of-life care, to provide peace of mind to all parties.
  3. Calculate finances and know what help is available. Taking on too much can harm both your loved one and you as a caregiver. Develop a budget with your own finances as well as your loved one. Budget for personal expenses such as food, as well as care for medical issues or emergency care.
  4. Find out if your home is safe. There are many home safety assessments available online to help families pinpoint possible safety hazards at home. For instance, a narrow hallway may never have posed a problem for your family, but may be a safety hazard for a senior with limited mobility using a cane or walker. Determine if your home is safe for the needs and lifestyle of your aging loved one and make modifications wherever necessary, such as adding safety rails or grab bars in the bathroom.

For more information about caring for an aging parent or loved one, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Naples today and learn more about our options for in-home care and revolutionary Balanced Care Method. Our highly trained and compassionate caregivers can provide help with daily activities and personal care, giving families respite and time away from their care responsibilities. Request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Care Manager at 239-449-4701. We’re here to help 24/7.

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