As our parents age and are living longer, the question of how to care for them will face more and more of us. Deciding when and how to get elderly care is one of the most challenging and emotional decisions many of us will have to make.
Several things must be considered before making the choice about how to take care of our loved ones. Many of our aging parents want to remain in their homes with their familiar things around them. An in-home caregiver can often be the solution. Having an in-home caregiver ensures our parents get the care they need while allowing us to visit and still be their family rather than their caregiver.
Deciding when to get help with memory care can be a tough choice and is one of the most important topics trending in senior health right now. You may notice the senior in your life begins a decline in physical exercise, is exhibiting difficulty with mental tasks and memory, and is having trouble communicating effectively. When one’s healthy lifestyle is compromised, and activities of daily living begin to require consistent help (dressing, physical exercise, brushing teeth, eating, etc.), these are indications that it is time to seek help regarding the memory care of your loved one.
Families often face decisions concerning issues of senior health and the best ways to assure a healthy lifestyle for aging loved ones at an affordable price. Assisted Living Facilities are an option, but not always the most economical one.
For seniors who do not require 24-hour nursing care, exploring home health care is worth the time and research to make a final decision. Because each senior’s needs are unique, a custom-designed plan can offer each senior the best option for their advancing years.
For the spouse or an adult child of an aging senior, facing the changes associated with their aging can be difficult. If you are beginning research in home care for seniors, you may come across the term “companion care” and have questions about what that includes.
At Help at Home, our home care services provide a wide range of interactions with our elderly clients. Typically, companion care refers to non-medical care that is related to homemaking services or social engagements instead of hands-on care related to medications or the activities of daily living.
Depending on the client’s need, companion care services might include light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, grocery shopping, limited personal grooming (things like brushing hair or polishing fingernails, but not to include help with toileting or showering); companionship through cards or games, reminiscing, or watching TV; or accompanying them to doctor’s appointments or events.
Companionship care may be provided occasionally or as needed, such as giving relief to a family member who is the primary caregiver, or on a consistent schedule, such as sitting with a patient in a long term care facility or hospital.
There are no set packages or levels in companion care services. Together with the client and his or her family, we set up a plan for the care that is needed. That’s why our at-home assessment is important, so that we understand the care needed and also the senior’s personality so that we best match a caregiver.
If you have questions about companion care services, or would like to schedule a no-cost at-home consultation for home care services, please contact Help at Home at 941-388-3117. We serve Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties, serving Florida seniors and their families.
In the last few years, the term “aging in place” has grown in use. By definition, aging in place refers to the ability of the aging adult to continue to live in his or her home instead of a health care facility, using products and services to allow that for as long as possible.
Aging in place may mean some accommodations are necessary, such as adding products designed for accessibility like a wheel chair ramp or a walk-in shower instead of a bathtub. Likewise, it may mean adding services to provide additional care as it is needed.
Senior care at home is a common service to allow older adults to maintain their home and their independence. Levels of care may change as needed; for example, the senior client may first choose companionship care in order to remain mentally alert and engaged, then as physical changes happen over time, he or she may need support with meal preparation in order to have proper nutrition, assistance with activities of daily living such as toileting, showering, or eating, or medication management.
Home care may also provide light housekeeping, transportation to appointments, or respite care when family member caregivers are unavailable. Home health care is customizable to the senior’s need, and offers a much more affordable solution than an assisted living facility or long-term care center.
More importantly, it provides great comfort to the senior to be able to age in place in their own home, and to family members who have a trusted provider to help care for the parent.
If you have questions about home care to allow aging in place, or would like to schedule a no-cost at-home consultation for home care services, please contact Help at Home at 941-388-3117. We serve Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties, making it easier and safer for Florida seniors to age in place in their homes.
Danielle Santana, our Director of Business Relations, attended the “Share the Care Event” at the Autumn of Sarasota on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The event was designed as a caregiver resource day to help answer questions by a panel of expert Physicians and resource tables to educate caregivers in the community.