Caring for the ones we love is something we hold dear to our hearts. You want the people you love and care for to be happy and you want to be the cause of a portion of that happiness. In a perfect world, we would be able to be by their sides through it all, but life gets in the way, work piles up, errand fall by the wayside. It is not always a possibility to be as hands-on in their care as we would like to be, but it doesn’t mean we can’t still show them our love and support and provide them with the care they need when we can’t be there.
Hiring and Aide
Signing on with an in-home health care agency, or hiring a private caregiver, is a very popular alternative to being there yourself. It may be a hard reality for you or your loved one to accept, however. To make the transition as easy as possible, you could start by having an aide come only a couple of hours each week, then as a relationship and trust is built, gradually add hours. If you’d like, you can aide run errands or prepare and bring meals, tasks that can be done outside of the home to start things off slowly. This is a great option, especially if your loved one is in need of personal care.
If the care they need is more companion based, maybe they live alone and would like more company, then looking into adult daycares or events at senior centers might be right for your situation. It can give your loved one a chance to socialize and make new friends while giving you peace of mind or respite care.
Social activities in adult day care centers can include:
- Field trips
- Holiday parties
- Music therapy
- Pet therapy
- Relaxation techniques
Durable Medical Equipment
And if the one you love just won’t have any of the above (rhyming not intended) then there are several ways to rearrange, reconstruct, or add safety device, to the home to ensure a safer space for them to live if they enjoy being on their own. Removing any clutter or tripping hazards like area rugs is a great first step in making a safe home for an elderly loved one. You can also add grab bars in the shower and/or bathtub and handrails next to any stairs in or outside of the home to promote better balance and decrease the risk of a fall. An excellent resource for all things senior care is AvaCare Medical. They not only offer all of the products you may need to spruce up the home of the one you loved to ensure safety, but they also provide helpful buying guides to point you in the right direction of what durable medical supplies would be appropriate for the unique care needs of the one you love.