Getting older, it happens to us all. As much as we wish we could avoid it, we all reach a point in life that caring for ourselves becomes difficult. The simple tasks in life like using the restroom or getting a glass of water in the middle of the night becomes cumbersome to do alone, and for some, may begin to have some risk. Aging affects everyone eventually. Maybe you’ve noticed mom or dad slowing down in their daily actives, or maybe there has been a recent fall. Help at Home is available 24/7 in times of need to help keep your mind at ease as we provide home care assistance.
According to the National Safety Council, 800,000 patients are hospitalized each year from fall injuries, most from a head injury or hip fracture. There are alternatives to help prevent fall risks and help seniors maintain their mobility and independence.
Senior care provided at their home is often a needed stage as your elderly parent or spouse becomes frail. While we cannot say that an injury from a fall will never happen to a patients, our caregivers who provide at-home elderly care are trained to look for fall risks, to assist with transfers in and out of bed or to the toilet, and to help the senior remember to keep a cane or walker close at hand.
Help at Home has been dedicated to helping older adults and seniors for more than 40 years. Help at Home is different from nursing homes, we provide in-home care to our clients. With our well-trained staff, your mom or dad can live comfortably in their home, while their care is our number one priority. Help at Home focuses on enhancing the lives of seniors, the disabled and their families by providing in-home senior care.
Realizing your family member needs help is never easy; when you turn to Help at Home, you’ll have the relief of knowing they’re receiving the best care, while being comfortable in their own home.
Emergency situations such as weather disasters, fires, and other such events can put your parent in physical danger, but this is not the only reaction that you must consider when preparing your elderly loved one for the possible of such an event. You must also take into consideration the emotional impact that these events can have on your senior. These emotional impacts can linger for long after the event itself comes to an end, and make a serious impact on their health, well-being, and quality of life moving forward. Focusing on helping your parent recover emotionally from the disaster is an important part of getting them through the situation and minimize the impact moving forward.
Some signs that your aging parent is suffering from serious emotional issues related to a disaster or emergency include:
• Emotional or physical fatigue
• Feeling “drained”
• New difficulty making decisions
• Struggles with staying focused
• Irritability or feeling frustrated
• Increased instance of arguing or lashing out at friends and family
• Feeling sad
• Increased feelings of loneliness or worrying
• Feeling numb or empty
• Marked changes in sleep patterns
• Eating more or less
Use these tips to help your elderly parent recover emotionally from a disaster or emergency:
• Talk to them about what they went through and their reactions
• Reassure them that what they are feeling is normal and that it is alright that they are struggling
• Tell them what you are going through so that they know they are not alone
• Encourage them to seek out support such as in a group or with a therapist if they are having a difficult time
Starting home care for your elderly loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them during the course of your caregiver journey with them. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule to ensure that your parent gets the care, support, and encouragement that they need both when you are able to be with them and when you are not. This ensures that they are able to live the quality of life that they desire and deserve while pursuing an active, engaged, and fulfilling lifestyle with as much independence as possible. When it comes to emergency situations, a home care provider can help your parent to feel more confident in their preparation for these situations so that they are able to handle them in the best way for them. Immediately following an emergency, this care provider can offer support, supervision, and assistance that will enable your parent to take the steps that they need to, while also enabling you to do what you need to do to get them back to their normal life as soon as possible. The emotional support this care provider can offer your loved one can be instrumental in helping your parent get through this situation and return to their normal lifestyle in the best way possible. This can reduce fear and anxiety and make them feel more confident about handling future disaster situations