3 Options For In-Home Care For Your Elderly Parent


Is your elderly parent struggling to live independently? Perhaps they have Alzheimer's or another cognitive issue. Maybe they've suffered from joint issues or surgeries that limit their mobility. There are a wide range of health issues that can create risk for seniors who live alone. They may be vulnerable to falls or other accidents. If they suffer from a cognitive disorder, they may be at risk of making unsafe decisions.

Of course, many seniors don't want to leave their home and move into an independent living or nursing facility. The good news is there could be other options available. Below are three ways to provide your senior parent with the support they need and also keep them in their home. If you haven't explored your options, now may be the time to do so.

Family and friends. The first and most obvious choice to provide support may be your parent's family and friends. Work with your siblings, cousins, and other loved ones to develop a schedule for people to sit with your parent. Base the support on your parent's needs. They may only need someone to drop in and check on their well being. Or they may need constant support. Also, be sure to talk with your parent to determine their comfort level with the arrangement. There may be certain individuals whom they don't want stopping by.

Also, consider that this type of arrangement may only be temporary. Many issues like Alzheimer's are progressive. As your parent's condition worsens, their needs may become more intensive. It's possible that they could reach a point where professional assistance is needed and family can no longer offer support.

Churches and community organizations. Many local churches and community groups offer support services to seniors. For instance, some groups will deliver meals to seniors who can't prepare their own food. Other groups may have volunteers who will come and spend time with a senior and keep them company. You may be able to find groups who offer basic chores, like errands and cleaning.

Another options is adult day care, which may be offered through a local church or social service. Granted, it's not in the home, but it does provide an outlet during the day for your parent to spend time with others and be in a safe environment. That could reduce some of the burden placed on you and your family.

In-home care provider. If your parent's needs progress to a point where you can no longer offer support, it may be time to consider in-home care. This usually involves modifying the home to accommodate medical and safety equipment like wheelchairs, medical beds, and stair lifts. It also involves hiring a professional caregiver to spend time in the home with your parent. As you might expect, this can be costly. It may be wise to discuss with your parent whether an assisted living facility is a more sensible option.

There are a number of services that offer in-home care. Some provide basic services, like help with bathing, eating, and mobility. Others provide more skilled nursing and medical care. 

Contact an in-home senior care service today to discuss your parent's needs. The provider can analyze your parent's condition and risk and recommend a strategy.


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