No child wants to face that their parent is failing and may need professional in-home care. Many times, both the parent who is declining and the child or children faced with making caregiver decisions are in deep denial. Often, the first step in getting care for Mom or Dad is acceptance. Roles easily change and your parent is now the one who needs extra help to stay safely in their home. They may need help with things like grooming, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and companionship.
The sooner a child or loved one can recognize the fact that a care plan needs to be put in place, the safer and happier the elderly parent will be. Many times, the "sandwich generation" who are raising their own kids and trying to help Mom or Dad are overwhelmed and certainly can't do either party justice. Add in working, balancing home life and social activities and it becomes more than enough to handle. Restoring quality of life, independence and safety to an elderly parent is often as simple as reaching out to a quallfied, professional, compassionate in-home service. Professional in-home providers who are trained and experienced in dealing with the special needs of failing seniors, those with dementia or Alzheimers, or those dealing with medical conditions that prohibit mobility are the first step in making this difficult journey easer, safer and afford peace of mind whether you hire the service for 2 days a week or 7 days a week.
Look for a reputable in-home care provider through referrals from trusted advisors like a physician, attorney, geriatric case manager or a close friend or loved who has dealt with the same situation. Most likely, they have as most of us eventually have to do with decling parents or loved ones who need some extra help but most definitely want and need to stay in their home. With the right care plan in place, this can be safely accomplished with peace of mind and confidence on every level.
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