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Aging In Place Is Possible With Pre-Planning

Your elderly parents are comfortable in their home and don’t have the desire to move to a smaller house or into assisted living but you and your other family members are worried about their safety, especially as they get older.

Opting for in-home care for your parents is a perfect bridge from living completely alone to moving to an assisted living facility. Additionally, when your parents are in need of additional “supervision” setting up their home with a medical alert pendant increases the security the whole family feels. With a home medical alert device, your relative simply needs to press the button on the pendant and that sets in motion a call from the medical alert provider and the dispatching of emergency medical personnel if necessary.

Receiving in-home care offers your aging loved ones the ability to remain both comfortable and independent in the surroundings to which they’ve become accustomed. Also, when you hire in-home care, your parents may remain at home for a longer period of time simply because they are in familiar surroundings and can still take care of themselves and their home. An in-home care provider allows your relatives to age in place, offers the primary caregiver respite and can also assist your relatives with daily tasks such as personal care and housekeeping.

In-home care providers offer myriad services ranging from medical care to housekeeping, cooking, taking your parents to doctor’s appointments and simply providing company. The need of your relatives will determine the level of care and this will also help you to determine the skills and training necessary for the in-home care provider. You can work out a schedule with the provider that suits both the needs of your aging parents as well as the needs and schedules of family caregivers; in-home care support can be a seamless bridge between visits by family members just as the home medical alert device offers peace of mind for those times when your aging relatives are home alone.

When you consider that in-home help is more a necessity than a luxury you may be better able to get buy in from family members and from your parents themselves. Bear in mind that your relatives may be hesitant to have a stranger come into their home.

Explain these benefits to both family members as well as your parents when you’re in the midst of making these arrangements:

  • Home caregivers appreciate your relative’s need for independence and can be as involved as you, and your parents, feel necessary. They can simply be there to lighten the day-to-day burdens of cooking, housekeeping and running of errands.
  • Being in familiar surroundings will keep the seniors in your life more mentally, emotionally and physically alert.
  • In-home care is more cost effective than facilitated living.
  • Care can be given in an environment that is less stressful for your aging relative. If one or more of your aging relatives is recovering from an illness, aging at home will likely hasten their recovery.

When you consider that the idea of giving up independence and a family home will cause your aging loved ones stress and could even lead to emotional issues, there truly is no place like home for your relatives to be and in-home caregivers make that a possibility.

Caring For Elderly Relatives Means Treating Them With Respect

As Baby Boomers watch their parents age and become dependent on them for care, it is a difficult time for all family members. Many seniors may not be fully aware they are losing their faculties and it may be hard for them to be cared for when they’ve spent their lives as the caregivers.
Caring for the elderly, especially when it’s your own parents is a stress inducer. When the roles are reversed and the children are now in the role of caregiver rather than the ones being cared for, it’s awkward for all parties involved. Parents or other aging loved ones may not be receptive to the new interference in their lives and help in managing their day-to-day activities. To make a smooth transition from care provider to care recipient, show your loved one love and treat them with respect, even though they may be tough to deal with or due to health or mental status they may act like children.

In some instances, friction arises when you’re trying to convince your parents that they either need you to come in and help with housekeeping, paying bills, cooking, or even going so far as to hire in home healthcare aides. The conversations need to be approached with care and need to focus on your desire to help relieve some of the burdens and anxieties. Tell your aging relatives, in a non confrontational way, that you’ve noticed some issues with their health; chances are, they’re aware of it but simply don’t want to admit it.

If your aging relatives have suffered health issues, you need to work with them on age-proofing their home to address potential any slip or fall issues. Whether your parents are aware of it, individuals over the age of 65 are more likely than any other segment of the population to suffer a slip or fall accident which can lead to a permanent disability or even death. If they are determined to age in place, they will need to make modifications to their home and its design to make it more senior-friendly. You will want to do a thorough inspection of the home and check for any potential slip or fall hazards such as:

  • Loose or slippery carpets
  • Electrical cords in walkways
  • Items in cupboards that are too high to reach without having to climb on a step stool

Added safety measures include:

  • Equipping the bathroom with non slip carpets, hand grips and even a seat for ease in showering
  • Installing a home medical emergency monitoring system. These are great for aging individuals as they are equipped with a waterproof medical alert pendant and if they slip or fall or suffer another health emergency, at the push of a button help will be alerted and emergency medical personnel dispatched if needed. The use of home medical emergency monitoring systems allows many elderly to stay home for much longer and offers all parties peace of mind

Make your relatives a part of the solution when helping them age in their own home. Don’t simply come in, take over and make wholesale changes to their home and their lifestyle. Bear in mind, they are accustomed to being the caregiver and if treated with respect, they will be receptive to the changes you’re implementing and will be more likely to ask for help in the future.