Part-Time At-Home Care
To ease your workload and worry, why not look into getting paid help for part of the day or week? A professional caregiver who makes home visits can ensure that your folks stay safe and comfortable and follow their daily health routines. It’s wise to hire through an agency that screens and trains in-home aides, so you can feel confident about their integrity and the quality of their work. Senior care agencies also take care of payroll and tax obligations, so you don’t have to.
What would part-time care look like at your parents’ house? Does Mom need help doing laundry and making beds? Would Dad like to enjoy a daily walk in the park? If your folks are still ambulatory and don’t need medical treatments or 24-hour supervision, you might hire a caregiver to provide:
- Home safety checks
- Friendly companionship
- Meal service and clean-up
- Accompaniment to appointments and around town
Part-time caregivers can also help seniors with daily grooming or remembering to take pills. These tasks can be added to light duties like doing laundry and making meals. Unlike regular housekeepers, trained caregivers who do these things are also responsible for detecting health and safety issues in seniors’ living situations. They can support your parents’ health by taking over tasks that have become strenuous for them.
Paid caregivers support your health, too. You can take time off for yourself knowing that there won’t be missed appointments or a break in important routines at home. An agency caregiver will be glad to help Mom and Dad get ready for outings on time, escort them, and bring them home. The daily or weekly to-do list will be whittled down–and your parents will stay safe–while you are away.
Medical and Round-the-Clock Care
If your personal schedule has changed or your parents’ needs have grown more acute, moving them to a nursing home is not the only option. Senior care agencies offer skilled assistance of different types and degrees. Many of these businesses attract and retain professionals experienced in supervision of disabled seniors and post-surgical and Alzheimer’s patients. For 24-hour care, two part-time aides or one live-in and one part-time caregiver share the responsibility.
If Mom’s dementia or Dad’s issues following a stroke have overwhelmed your abilities, seek help before the situation takes a toll on everyone’s health. Securing in-home care for your parents prevents a disturbing move to an unfamiliar environment when they are at a vulnerable stage. It also helps you integrate more advanced attention for your loved ones into your life–reducing your stress level and improving your health.
For instance, Mom’s progressive dementia may benefit from comprehensive memory care that includes:
- Secure surroundings
- Customized nutrition
- Mentally stimulating activities
- Companionship and social contact
Dad’s mental and physical effects from a stroke may require rehabilitative care that includes:
- Heart-healthy nutrition
- Prescription drug management
- Transportation and escort to medical appointments
- Help with daily living activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting
You can hire skilled help to do only the things that are a challenge for you, or request 24-hour care that covers all of your parents’ health and safety needs. Even this type of intensive service competes affordably with assisted-living or nursing homes. That’s because residential programs have high overhead costs and must satisfy large groups of seniors. Getting one-on-one care through a reputable agency that recruits, screens, and trains its employees adds value to your investment in your aging parents’ care at home.