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Live-in Care for Seniors in Indianapolis, IN

Live-in Care for SeniorsMichelle wanted to be there for her aging father. After her mother passed away she was concerned about his safety and well-being at home, but she didn’t live close enough for that to be practical. It took a while, but she had managed to convince him to consider hiring a caregiver to assist him several times throughout the week.

After a while, the caregiver approached Michelle and told her that she was concerned about Michelle’s father’s health when she wasn’t there. She said there were indications that he had difficulty getting out of bed during the night to go to the bathroom. She said he was able to take care of those ‘personal matters’ on his own, but sometimes he required help getting out of bed and getting to the bathroom.

Because she wasn’t a full-time, around-the-clock caregiver, she suggested that they consider live-in care. Michelle didn’t know what to think at first. She didn’t want her father having to be uncomfortable in his own home when somebody else was going to be living there as well. She also didn’t want him to become injured falling out of bed in the middle of the night.

It felt like an incredibly difficult thing to consider for Michelle, but it didn’t have to be. All she needed to do was sit down and talk to her father about the prospect of hiring a live-in home care provider. She would’ve found that he was more than ready to have somebody there with him during those overnight hours as well as throughout the day. He had the ability to take care of himself for the most part, but there were a number of challenges that were continuing to mount in his life.

For Michelle and many others like her, it’s important to realize that an elderly individual has every right to determine the course of their care. If they don’t want to hire a caregiver, it can’t and shouldn’t be forced upon them. That’s the same with live-in care for seniors. If an elderly individual does not want a caregiver working with them and coming to their home, that needs to be respected.

If family members disagree, they should learn as much as possible about live-in home care and convey how beneficial it can be and how many activities and interests the senior could ultimately pursue with the right level of support on a regular basis.

The professionals at Great Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs. Great Care is a non medical in-home care agency providing quality and affordable home care in Indianapolis, IN and the surrounding areas. Call (888) 240-9101 for more information.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com

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