In home care isn’t usually something you plan on using – you’re thrust upon it when you least expect it. Maybe you’ve come home to Colorado from far away and suddenly realize your parents aren’t doing as well as you thought they were. Or maybe your loved one takes a fall or has surgery, and now you know there is no way they can stay in their home by themselves.
Things have to change. But does that mean its all on your shoulders?
No. That’s what in home care is for. We become your extra set of hands. We become your peace of mind. All for when you can’t be there.
And this is how we do it.
1. Provide an extra set of hands.
In some cases the reason your parents aren’t doing as well as you thought is because they simply can’t do things the way they used to. In home care can provide a caregiver to help out during the day. From simple checkins to entire days, we can be there to provide service when your parents need it most.
2. Meal monitoring.
Is your loved one cooking regularly? Do they eat healthy, balanced meals? Do they shop for themselves? If you worry about their diet, why not let an in home caregiver make sure they are eating right. She can pick them up and take them shopping for foods they like. She can cook and clean up the kitchen after a healthy meal. She can even enjoy the meal together with your loved one, supplying much needed conversation.
3. Doctors appointments.
Have you ever tried to track all the doctors’ appointments your loved one needs? A day for testing here. A day for results there. If you’re trying to fit it all in between your own work schedule, chances are you’re failing. Why not let an in home caregiver provide the care instead? They can pick up your loved one, shuttle them to and from appointment, pick up prescriptions, drop off lab results, and even chart the entire process to make sure you’re kept up to date on everything.
4. Provide companionship.
If your loved one is alone all day, you may notice signs of depression. They can’t move around like they used to. They don’t get out like they used to. And suddenly depression sets in. Its easy to miss what you use to have. Reminiscing about it with a friendly face can do wonders, especially when you make a new friend in the process.
5. Give you a break.
Maybe you do live with your loved one and provide caregiving 24/7. Maybe you know you could never leave your loved one alone. Yet how do you visit the beauty shop or get together for a lunch with friends? It may be hard getting other families to do things for you on a regular basis. That’s what in home caregiving is for. If you need a break from 1 to 4 on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, take it. We’ll be there to make sure everything is perfect and just like you left it when you return.
6. A nonjudgmental ear.
Mom lives in Denver. You live in Los Angeles. And your sister lives in Dallas. How do you coordinate mom’s care, especially when you both live far away and have different opinions on what should happen? In home care can provide you with neutral ground. In home caregivers check in and provide service to make sure your mom is doing as well as possible. They take notes and keep records, supplying you and your sister with facts. You can both be at peace knowing she is getting the best care – and work out the differences between you later.
7. House upkeep
If you have your own house, you know it’s a full time job. Painting. Lawn care. Maintenance items when you least expect it. If its overwhelming for you, imagine how your loved one feel. When they simply don’t get around the way they used to, its easy to fall behind in little chores. An in home care provider can be there to coordinate it all, help select honest, reputable companies to do the work, monitor the process and help your loved one feel useful, and even do some of the routine projects as well.
8. A safe place.
Remember when your loved one said they never wanted to enter a nursing facility? We all say that when we’re young and agile. Unfortunately its easy to end up there when choices force the situation. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In many cases in home care is a viable option. From 1 to 24 hours a day, in home care provides the little things that help keep your loved one at home, happy and healthy for as long as possible.