At home care is the best alternative to care facilities or other programs, because it allows the elderly to continue in their homes. This allows them to continue their lives as uninterrupted as possible, allows them to retain what is familiar, keep their dignity, stay nearby to their friends and loved ones, and so on. There are many different kinds of at-home care as well, so if you are wondering if your parent or elderly loved one needs the extra help, consider the following:
They Are Less Able-Bodied
At home care extends to helping out around the home, helping with exercises and other physical (and mental therapy). This non-medical care helps your elderly loved one stay independent, without running the risk of hurting themselves by falling or worse. This sort of at-home care helps the elderly be independent in their own home, even though their bodies are now limiting their movement. This sort of at home care also provides companionship, another crucial aspect to mental health.
They Have Suffered a Bad Fall
In some cases, your elderly loved one might have already proven that they need the extra help. This is because they have suffered a very bad fall, within their own home. This could be fatal, and is extremely dangerous. Though broken hips can be replaced, you don’t want a repeat. That is why at-home care can be so important for those who have already suffered an injury at home. Not only can they help around the house, they can also give you, and your elderly loved one, the peace of mind that someone is there to help in case something was to happen.
Note: This applies to many different injuries and illnesses as well, like heart attacks or stroke, especially if these attacks cause your elderly loved one to require wheelchairs or other assistive walking devices.
They Have Dementia
For those with dementia, at home care is even more crucial. Staying in a familiar space can keep your loved one comfortable, and it can be the best medicine for their dementia. That’s because the familiarity of their surroundings can help ground them and allow them to stay calm, even at their worst. The longer they have lived in their home, the more important it is. Having at home care can then provide the support that they need, in the surroundings that are best for them.
They Have Complicated Medical Needs
If your elderly loved one has complicated medical needs that you, frankly, are not equipped nor licensed to use, nursing help is a must. Whether your loved one gets that nursing help at a care facility, at a hospital, or at home, is their choice, but once again, at-home care can prove to be the best option. If you’re unsure, turning to a Caring People home care agency can help educate you in the at-home care process; their professional carers can provide information and knowledge on the matter and help you and your loved one come to an informed decision.
As a child, all you want to do is help your aging parents. Knowing when at home care is needed is the first step to getting your parent the help that you cannot provide them.