Hello, my name is Amelia. Welcome to my site about nursing homes and assisted living facilities. When my mother developed a hip problem that prevented her from safely living at home alone, we started the long search for a suitable place for her to live. We toured each of the facilities in our area to find the one that felt most like home while providing all of the support and security she requires. Through this site, I would like to help other people weed through the options to find the best possible place for their loved ones to live. Thanks for visiting my site.
One of the biggest fears shared by older Americans is being forced to leave their home because of physical limitations that worsen with age. Adult children who have begun to take on increased responsibility for the care of an aging parent understand the desire of their parent or parents to remain in their own home but may not understand how to make that possible with their own work schedule and family commitments. If you are facing this dilemma with an aging parent, the following tips can offer some creative solutions to help them remain safe and comfortable in their own home.
Make care a family affair
If your aging parent is still capable of being alone for a portion of each day and just needs help in getting to doctor appointments and running errands, partnering with your siblings and other family members and friends may work well. A good plan for this type of situation is to create a calendar each month that assigns each volunteer specific dates to provide any care needed. In addition to making sure that your aging parent's needs are met, you can feel good about the increased level of social contact and attention that your parents will be receiving from this type of arrangement.
Hire out the heavy lifting
Another way to make caring for an aging parent easier to manage while retaining a life of your own is to hire out the home maintenance chores that need to be done. For example, by hiring a cleaning crew to deep clean once or twice a month, using a laundry pickup and delivery service, and opting to use a lawn care and snow removal service, the work load for all family members and friends can be drastically reduced.
Invest in non-medical home care
If your aging parent or parents are at the stage of life when they need more attention and care than you are currently able to provide, investing in a non-medical home care aide can be an excellent solution. This type of aide is available for both day or night care and can assist with cooking, running errands, light cleaning, and assisting with daily hygiene needs.
To learn more about the availability of non-medical home care aides in your area, take time to discuss your situation with the administrator of a reputable nursing home or assisted living care center in your area. These professionals can help direct you to recommended home care aides who can help you honor your parents wishes to remain in their own home as they grown older.