It’s natural for an elderly parent to want to remain independent for as long as possible but sometimes they need some help and that creates a dilemma for the entire family. If your elderly parent is living in their own home or have already transitioned to an Independent Living Facility but require help, don’t immediately think it’s time to make a move to an Assisted Living Facility as there may be another solution to extend your parent’s independence and help them remain in their own home! Today, many informed seniors are electing Home Care to help them remain in their homes for as long as possible. There are really two distinct types of Home Care and one may very well fit your parent.
Home Care Companionship/Personal Care. This type of Home Care is non-medical and is available to help your parent. This type of service offers both domestic and personal assistance and can be for as little as a few hours a week or 24 hours a day for as long as needed. There are two main areas of focuses for this service:
Domestic Care Services:
· Light housekeeping. Chores such as vacuuming, mopping, sweeping, cleaning bathrooms, laundry and most any light work you predefine.
· Cooking services. Preparing home-cooked meals that meet nutrition standards either daily or preparing several meals for refrigerating.
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· Companionship. This is especially important for seniors who find themselves confined to their home and unable to get out socializing. They will provide conversation, play board games or cards or just simply enjoy a watching television.
· Organization. This may include helping get bills paid on time, reminders to take medication, attend important appointments or organize a closet or cabinets to make them more accessible.
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· Personal Hygiene. This may include bathing, hair washing and trimming nails. It may also include toileting and dealing with Incontinence.
Do not confuse this type of service with housekeeping or maid services even though they will provide some of these services. These professionals are usually trained to not only perform tasks for the senior they service, but to also provide a warm and endearing atmosphere to help stimulate and encourage the senior they serve. Be sure to define all the types of services that are required up front so that there is no misunderstanding or friction between the service provider and the senior.
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Home Care may be a good solution to help extend you or your elderly parent’s independence. There are many agencies that provide these services. You may also find individuals who provide these services independently. Be sure and do a thorough check of the individual or the agency before contracting for services. You should also ask for references and follow up on and check out the references. An advantage of using an agency is that they pre-screen all their employees, but check the agency’s references to make sure they are reputable. Also, some of the services provided may be covered by your insurance (usually the medical services) so be sure and inquire. Finally, make sure you are very detailed in the services you need so that there are no unexpected charges for services that you need but forgot to mention!
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Bob Gregory is an advocate for Seniors and is one of the founders of www.seniorfacilityfinder.com. At SeniorFacilityFinder.com, we are dedicated to helping families get the Elder Care help they need without having to provide their personal information! If find you need an assisted living facility or other type of senior facility, please consider www.seniorfacilityfinder.com