It can be hard to watch as your vital, energetic parent ages and gradually needs more help with day-to-day living or with managing health concerns. When you start noticing changes, however, it is time for you to come together with your loved one to devise a care plan. Keeping your parent involved to the extent that he is capable will ensure that he feels in control and that you are aware of his wishes. You may be surprised learning your parent’s opinions about his own continued care, so it is important that you remain open to his opinions and willing to respect them as much as possible.
If you notice that your parent is experiencing any of the following, it may be time to consider a live-in care arrangement:
- An injury due to a fall or other accident and needs help during his recovery
- Mobility issues, particularly when going through daily activities such as getting out of bed, bathing, or walking
- Cognitive or memory problems that have become troublesome
- Regular non-compliance with his doctor’s medication or other treatment plan
- Sudden, unexplained weight loss
- Sudden lack of social involvement or an uncharacteristic change in personality
Live-in care does not have to be a permanent solution. Just because your parent reaches a particular age or has been diagnosed with a certain medical condition doesn’t mean that he can’t live a vibrant and productive life. Recovering from an illness or injury can be more difficult in older adults, however, and having a home care companion can make this recovering faster, easier, and more effective.
If you know that your aging parent needs permanent care but also know that he doesn’t want to go to an assisted living or nursing care facility, live-in care can provide you peace of mind. You want the absolute best for your elderly loved one, and home care agencies know this. They are dedicated to providing attentive, compassionate, and supportive care that goes far beyond just ensuring that your loved one takes his medication. For those that are coping with the effects of aging, the value of companionship should never be underestimated.
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