Touching Hearts at Home is pleased to welcome Carlye Wilson as our new Administrative Assistant!
How to Prepare for Senior Home Care for an Aging Family Member
Family caregivers might be ready to start looking into senior home care services, but the process can seem overwhelming very quickly. One way around that is to start out with a plan for getting the information necessary to make this solution truly work for everyone involved. Surprising a senior family member with the idea of home care is never a good idea. What helps is to sit down and talk about what’s happening and what might help the most.
Assess Needs and Begin a Care Plan
The first step in working with senior home care providers is determining what the individual needs and formulating a care plan. It helps to take a closer look at the senior’s health, mobility, and overall well-being. These details drill down into things like how often does the person bathe and is that becoming more difficult? Does the individual need more specialized care, like help with health issues? Understanding the person’s needs helps with crafting a detailed care plan. That plan starts to outline care needs and how they will be met.
Communicate with the Person Needing Senior Home Care
One mistake that family caregivers can accidentally make is to make decisions about home care without talking to their aging family members. It’s vital to have open and honest conversations about what care is going to entail and how the whole situation will work. People who are involved in formulating their care plans are more likely to feel as if their needs are truly addressed. Listening for feedback and adjusting plans as necessary is essential.
Set Up a Safe Living Environment Quickly
Probably the biggest reason to hire senior home care services is to ensure that aging adults are safe at home. Addressing the big and obvious safety issues, like clutter and tripping hazards, is really important. Other safety issues to consider are things like lighting throughout the house and whether handrails need to be installed anywhere in the house. The safer a senior’s home is, the more likely they will be able to continue to age in place for as long as they want to do so.
Seek Help and Support
None of this is easy to do alone, and family caregivers can certainly vouch for that. Caring for a loved one can be draining both physically and emotionally. But doing it all alone is not the answer. Finding support groups and other caregivers is an important part of reaching out. Other types of support, like respite care, can be handled by senior home care providers. When caregiving really gets challenging, family caregivers need to know that they have a support system they can lean into.
Getting ready to bring senior home care into a senior’s life is a lot easier with a plan. Looking at what the person’s needs truly are helps to get to the bottom of the types of care that person will benefit from the most. There are lots of ways that senior home care can make life easier for everyone involved in the caregiving process.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Home Care Services in Thompsons Station TN, please contact the caring staff at Touching Hearts at Home. Serving Middle Tennessee (Nashville, Brentwood, Belle Meade, Franklin, Spring Hill, Columbia, Pulaski, and more!) Call today: 629-203-7925.
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