Is It Time For In-Home Care?
June 12, 2016
Category: In-Home Care
“I am scared I will fall when I am alone.”
“My daughter said I can’t drive anymore and I feel I have lost my independence.”
“Ever since my husband past away, I have stopped cooking. I eat canned soup every night.”
“I have lived in this home for 30 + years and I don’t want to leave it.”
“I don’t want to be burden to my children.”
“I am so lonely.”
At some point in our lives we all get older.
And at some point, we will almost certainly have to work out how to cope with elderly parents. It is no secret that caring for an aging parent can be rewarding, but also very emotionally draining.
Simply put, it’s complicated.
When making plans for the future of an aging parent there are many factors to consider. You have to consider their needs, wishes and desires. Your siblings and other family members will also have ideas about how to navigate the uncertainty of aging. Sometimes you will all agree on a plan, sometimes you won’t. You have to worry about the finances. How much will it cost and who is going to pay for it are often questions that arise. Planning ahead is also hard because the needs of your elderly loved one can change dramatically in just one day.
I am sure I don’t have to tell you all this.
If you are caring for a parent right now you know these feelings all too well.
If you are finding yourself in this place where the complications are mounting, and the daily care is becoming unmanageable, you need an objective party.
You need a source to help navigate the uncertainty and the complications. You need a professional that can help you create a practical, custom plan that works for everyone.
Premier Custom Care was founded to fill this need. We went into business, in 2010, to help families, like yours, at this stage of life live with dignity, joy and ease.
One of the hardest parts of caring for an elderly parent is when you realize you can’t do it alone anymore.
If you are wondering if you and your parent need additional support, here are a few questions to consider:
- Do they have excessive spoiled food that doesn’t get thrown away?
- Are they missing important appointments?
- Have you noticed unexplained bruising on their body?
- Are they having trouble getting up from a seated position?
- Do you fill with anxiety when you see your loved one struggling with balance?
- Are they confused when performing once-familiar tasks?
- Have they stopped showering and bathing regularly?
- Is there a strong smell of urine in the house?
- Has your loved one just had a major surgery and needs help getting back to “normal?”
- Do they have laundry, mail or bills that have piled up?
- Have you noticed burnt pots, pans or other items indicating a safety risk?
- Have you seen evidence that they aren’t taking their medication properly?
If your parent is experiencing some of the above circumstances it might be time to consider working with a home health agency, or hospice.
Sometimes the level of care you need may be from a skilled nurse, which isn’t us. Either way, we’re available to help you navigate through the care options available depending on your family’s unique situation and needs.