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27 June 2017
  Kathryn Watson | Home Care Assistance

Keeping Aging Parents Safe at Home

It is rare to find an older adult that wishes to move away from their home as they age. The truth is that the majority of people are most comfortable living in the same home where they celebrated their 60th birthday. As we age, we want to maintain the same rituals, traditions and schedules that we’ve enjoyed over the years. We want to maintain our independence.

However, at some point, most people will need a little, or maybe even a lot, of help. I often see families struggle to care for an aging parent or spouse. They may be juggling a job with caring for children and an aging loved one all at once. 

Often it takes a village to care for an elder. This is where home care comes into the picture. A good home care company can help keep seniors safe and comfortable in their own home. They can also offer peace of mind for families who live a long distance away.

One of the biggest concerns families have is about driving. A home care company can take mom to doctor’s appointments and shops or to run errands. This can take a lot of stress off of the adult child who may be short on time.

You may also worry that mom may not be eating. Let’s face it, cooking for one or two is not so much fun. Dad’s arthritis may make it difficult to go to the store and carry the bags into the house. Knowing that there is someone who can help with these chores can provide essential peace of mind.

Falls often occur in the bathroom, so getting in and out of the shower can be a major safety hazard. A professional caregiver can help as much or as little as the client wants. For many seniors, privacy is an issue. A caregiver can make sure the bathroom is set up safely to avoid a slip or a fall. They can turn on the shower and wait outside the door if help is needed. For the senior who needs more hands-on assistance, it is always available.

The truth is a home care company can do just about anything a son or daughter might do for an aging parent. A professional caregiver will also offer training and knowledge family caregivers may not have. It is really the help with these small, day-to-day activities that can help someone age in place safely and comfortably. Working together with a home care company, a family can help mom or dad age in their own home.

Our care plans at Home Care Assistance of Prescott are tailored specifically to each client's unique needs and preferences. Caregivers are expertly matched and managed by our client care team. Caregivers are available for a few hours every day or around-the-clock. Contact a Client Care Manager to schedule your free in-home consultation at 928-771-1015 today!