Choosing Home Care Services
Making the decision to hire a senior home provider to care for your loved one is an important decision and can be very difficult for everyone involved.
Each home care situation is unique. In the beginning, family or friends may step in to help with simple tasks and support for aging seniors who want to stay in their homes. Physical and mental conditions change with aging, making the usual daily routine and living activities difficult for an aging individual. Even with the healthiest of seniors, the ability to drive a car, shop for groceries or do general housekeeping may be diminished with age, and may eventually need to be relinquished to the responsibility of another person.
Many people stop by their parents' home on their way to work every morning and again on their way home from work in the evening. They check in the morning to see that their parents are up and ready for the day. Adult children frequently take a shopping list for things their parents may need. In the evening, they deliver the needed items purchased during lunch breaks and sometimes fix meals. This can work well until working adults begin to notice that their parents have stopped doing simple activities of daily living, like shaving, dressing during the day, and forgetting to take medications. When this happens, adult children can feel that more time and supervision is needed to care for their parents. However, with their own family and job, many people cannot do it. Non-medical or personal home care services can sometimes be a good option to consider.
As your family member advances in years, it is sometimes difficult to know what is best for them. Should they live at home? What about assisted living? And what about a few years from now? How can you possibly afford this?
Many senior home care companies, like Always Best Care Senior Services, can provide answers. These types of companies can help families make choices – physical, financial, social, and spiritual. They can provide options and opportunities that families may not know exist.
Laurie Cherry represents Always Best Care of St. Croix Valley. She assists seniors with non-medical in-home care and free assisted living and independent placement. Call for a free consultation for your senior needs at 651-485-5382.