When To Consider Home Care Services

It’s one of the most feared moments in our adult lives. Determining when it is time to consider home care services for mom or dad can be challenging and emotional.  It is a hard realization to face when the people who were invincible and all-powerful through most of your life are now weak and in need of assistance. Nevertheless, when the time comes, it is important to compare different services and to be in open communication with your parents to make them as comfortable with the transition as possible.

There are many resources available to help you choose the best home care services.  Depending on what type of care your parents need, it will help you decide what service is best suited.  Something to keep in mind, however, is that over time, they are likely going to need increased services, so look for companies that can accommodate changes in service needs with ease.  As an example, home care services from Abbey Caregivers ensure that a caregiver is present for at least 6 hours a day, minimum, but also provide live-in help which would make for a smooth transition should conditions worsen.

When discussing the options with your parents, make sure they are comfortable, but also being honest about how much care they will need.  It can be just as hard, if not harder, for them to go through this transition, so the more communication you have the easier it will be for everyone involved.

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Benefits of Home Care

One of the biggest benefits of home care services is the independence that your parents will still be able to have (despite the fact that they need a caregiver).  Rather than picking up and moving to a home, they are able to stay in their community where they are happy and comfortable.  A recent article in Wall Street Journal adds to that, saying, “New advances in home care are allowing more people to remain in their homes because of telehealth and apps designed to keep track of an elder person’s medication compliance and comings and goings.”

Another advantage of home care services is the effects it will have on you and your own family.  A lot of times retirement homes have strict limitations for visitors and regimented schedules that make it difficult for you to be able to spend time with them.  This is not to say that having a routine is not important; but it gives everyone peace of mind to have some flexibility.  Otherwise, it can become difficult to make time to see them, and even more difficult to get them out of the house for special occasions.  Home care services, however, make it easy to get in your quality time with your parents.

There are many considerations to keep in mind when discussing options for home care services.  Take time to research and learn all you need to know before making any decisions.  You can also conduct interviews and have your parents talk with potential caregivers to see if they are a right fit.

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