If you have elderly parents who are getting to the point where they cannot care for themselves, it can be very difficult for you and other family members. You may take turns going over to check on them, prepare meals, and take care of things around the house but even if you have many people willing to help out this takes time from your already busy day. Your parents may argue and fight with you about going to some sort of assisted living community or a nursing home and you really don't want to do that anyway. Now is the time to contact a home care agency to help out. Here are just a few of the ways this can be very beneficial to everyone involved.
Comfort, Familiarity, and No Fear
Part of the reason your parents do not want to go to an assisted living community or nursing home is fear. They will not know the facility or the people. They have a home already and know where everything is and they like the place. Keeping your parents in their own home will not only alleviate the fear of a new place, it gives them comfort, memories, and they do not have to learn a new routine. This can be very helpful if they are starting to forget things or have dementia or Alzheimer's Disease.
The Type of Help that is Needed
There may be times when different types of help is needed. Perhaps you need to have someone there during the day to help with cleaning and meal preparation most of the time but then one of your parents becomes sick and needs medical attention too. The home care agency can send a licensed medical person to the house to take care of any medical needs when necessary and provide other professionals for the day-to-day care. You may also ask to have a nurse go to the house periodically to perform routine checks and report to a doctor.
Help When You Need It
You may want to continue to help with the care of your parents, but not have to do it all the time. You can choose to have home care for certain hours or certain days. If you like, you can have someone there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week too. You decide what is needed and the agency will take care of it.
There is no need to make your elderly parents move from their own home to keep them safe. Home care is able to provide the right type of assistance that is needed no matter what the circumstances. This will also ensure that you have access to them whenever you want and that your children can still enjoy going to grandma and grandpa's house for family gatherings.