Growing older is not something we look forward to – it just happens. No one wants to age and become dependent on others for care. Yet for many, it happens anyway.
Aging often leads to failing health and fragility. While the elderly may feel young inside, their bodies speak a different story. Giving up their independence and moving into a long-term care facility is something that they do not want to experience. Fortunately, there are ways that family, friends and in home care services can help someone age gracefully in the comfort of his or her own home.
Pulling together as a team – When you recognize a need, jump in when you can. If you see your loved one can’t keep up with the house cleaning chores, make it a Saturday afternoon task with a few family members. Enjoy a dinner out afterwards, and it can quickly turn a dreaded task into one you’ll all look forward to. Or schedule sessions throughout the week a little at a time. If everyone can pitch in an hour a week, you’ll ensure everything is completed efficiently.
Home health care – Everyone loves the comforts of home. Which makes the possibility of moving out that much harder, especially for someone that may have lived in his or her home for years. Add in the cost of assisted living, and you’ll quickly rethink the moving decision. Fortunately in home care can help. An in home elder sitter is someone who can be there when you can’t. If you work full time and worry about your parent, they can step in and help with lunch duties, taking her to doctors appointments, and even light cleanup. More than anything, they can give you peace of mind.
Setting up a schedule without changing your life – In some cases, an accident, surgery, or change in health can be just as devastating for you as it is for your loved one. Not only will their lives change forever; yours will too. How do you deal with it? Begin by asking for help. Can your loved one be on their own for any length of time, or do they need constant care? Then look at a week through the eyes of what you truly need. Don’t be afraid to ask family and friends for help. Don’t just ask, get a commitment for which days they can help, and put them on the calendar. Don’t leave anything to chance; schedule it and get it done. Then fill in the blanks with in home care. This doesn’t have to be an overwhelming moment of your life.
Avoiding nursing homes for your aging loved one is possible by making the best of the current situation. Involve family and friends in the situation and find creative ways to allow the individual to grow old gracefully at home. Options are available to allow them to keep their independence while still getting the extra set of helping hands they need.