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.