Balancing home and career is increasingly difficult as your family members become involved in more activities within their school or community. What do you do when you have an aging parent who needs more help while your children need to be transported to sports activities or encouraged with a difficult school project? When you are not able to be in multiple places at once, private in home care will give you the assurance that your parents are being kept safe and healthy while you devote more of your time to the needs of your children and spouse.
What does private in home care offer my parents?
There are many benefits to private in home care. Even if your parents have no medical problems now, at home care means that your parents will regularly spend time with a caregiver who knows their routines and can detect any problems or warning signs early, and let you know there is an issue that needs to be addressed. The caregiver can also describe any signs or symptoms that may be helpful in identifying issues or getting treatment.
As your parents age, they may become less active even if they are capable of exercise or taking small trips close to home. Private in home care providers encourage seniors to get involved in an exercise program or to walk around their neighborhoods. If your parents enjoy gardening, but find it more difficult to do, an in home caregiver can also help them continue doing the things they love without feeling it is a chore.
Diet becomes especially important as your parents grow older and their chance of chronic illness (diabetes, heart disease, etc.) increases. Home care allows a caregiver to provide nutritious, balanced meals for your parents. From grocery shopping to meal preparation to meal clean up, your parents can participate as much or as little as they are able and willing and home care services can be altered as your parents’ needs change.
An in home care provider can even arrange for your parents’ spiritual and social needs to be met. Perhaps your mother likes to go to a particular church group or service, but no longer drives with confidence. Maybe your father is part of a men’s group, but has trouble seeing at night when the group meets. A caregiver can transport your elderly parents safely to keep them involved in their spiritual and social communities.
When everyone in your family is becoming more dependent on your time and you feel like you are not able to be in multiple places for multiple needs, private in home care can relieve you of some of that stress. Your parents can be safe and stay involved in the comfort of their own home.