There comes a time in most of our lives when we have the responsibility of watching out for and taking care of our elderly parents. This can be a difficult time for many of us for different reasons. Life is demanding and we have responsibilities of our own. This can be especially hard if we are the only one providing care and our loved one still lives in their own home.
It is very challenging for us to witness the deterioration of physical and mental abilities of our aging parents. Whether we are ready for this or not, the reality of us having to make important decisions regarding our elderly parents are very real. As we spoke about in a previous article, 80 to 90 percent of our aging population are making the choice to stay at home as opposed to nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
Challenges and Elderly Parents
Many of us would prefer that our elderly parents stay in their home to ensure their physical and emotional well-being. This can also present challenges and put a lot of pressure on the family members. Many of us have career and family responsibilities of our own to deal with. Having to drop everything to go and help an elderly parent can present unique challenges. Having the discussion with them sooner, rather than later, about what will happen when they are no longer able to care for themselves can help the transition and prevent any hard feelings. Health and safety should be our top concerns.
Are we Ready?
There are some important things to think about when our elderly parents choose to live at home alone:
- Essential needs – Medications, groceries and transportation.
- Preparing the home – As we talked about in a previous article there are important safety measures to put in place such as grab bars in bathrooms and showers, at least one entry to the home with no stairs, appropriate lighting etc. Another thing to consider is technology in the home such as remote monitoring like Philips Lifeline. You can also use technology to view key areas of the home in real-time and even remotely control lights, lock doors and control the thermostat
- Emotional needs – Companionship, visits, phone calls and video chat are all essential. Also hobbies and engaging activities are vital to maintain physical and emotional well-being
As an alternative to high cost assisted living or nursing homes, quality in-home care is a great option when you need help caring for your loved one. Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah can provide compassionate in-home and rehabilitative care. They can provide full time care or just a few hours a week. They can provide transportation to doctors appointments, administer medications, help with basic house chores and even provide complex care needs.
Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah, St. George, Cedar City would be happy to assist you or your loved one with in-home care . Please contact us today for more information on how we can help, as well as providing companionship services. You’re in Caring Hands With Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah.