When is it necessary to assign an attendant to ageing parents?
- Hospital stay. If they were recently admitted to hospital and have not yet completely recovered.
- Hygiene. If the senior is unable to bathe or groom themselves
- Housekeeping. If they are unable to do household tasks
- Health. If physical health is declining, or if the senior is having difficulty taking medication properly.
- Deficits. If the senior has short-term memory loss or hearing/vision impairment that interferes with daily functioning.
- Nutrition. If the senior is not eating properly.
- Loneliness. If the senior is unable to get out to social functions or feels isolated.
Most senior citizens will disagree with the idea that they need help. You would have to prepare for some resistance from your mother and/or father. Rest assured that providing elderly parents with home care to help them live a healthier life will preserve their independence. It will also provide everyone in your family with greater peace of mind.
A good home care agency will send a medical professional, for instance, a registered nurse to conduct an initial evaluation and make recommendations.
A major part of a nursing attendant’s job is to provide your parent with companionship, and assisting with routine activities. So choose a home care agency that places value on matching each senior with an attendant who is compatible.
Keeping in mind the advanced age of your parents, you are faced with many choices in helping to care for your parent. You want top-notch care for your mother or father, but you also have to take into consideration your personal needs, family obligations, and finances.
When choosing a professional caregiver for a loved one, take the following aspects into consideration:
Do you require part- or full-time care for your parent? Whether they are able to perform daily activities or do they require daily assisted living with an attendant by their side is to be kept in mind.
Specialized senior care
If your parent suffers from a chronic physical ailment or is recovering from one, you may want to take this into consideration during the selection process. In cases such as that of Alzheimer’s, Stroke, COPD, Cardiac ailments, or post-surgery, one on one attention is crucial for recovery.
Social Interaction for seniors
Many seniors fear that hiring a caregiver may limit interaction with friends and loved ones. It is important to keep this in mind throughout the hiring process and identify the activities that he or she may enjoy such as playing games, exercising or cooking. Someone who is able to accommodate your parent’s individual preferences will more likely to be a better fit for them.
The scope of senior care
If you are looking for a full-time attendant, that person is responsible for more than just keeping an eye on your mother or father—he or she may be responsible for preparing meals, distributing medication, taking your parent for a walk etc.
When meeting the prospective attendant, it is important to have questions prepared so you can gather all of the information necessary to make an informed choice. Also, take input from your parent(s) of their concerns and questions in the decision. If possible, they will likely want to make the choice themselves.
Choosing an adept and suitable caregiver for your parent is an important decision that weighs heavily on most adult children but with the right planning and guidance, you can make the best choice for your family. With HealthCare atHOME, you don’t have to be worried about anything, as we look into each minute detail before appointing an attendant.