Benefits of Home Care

Thursday, 30 June, 2016

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Our caregivers can help with any activities and needs that a person may have throughout the day. Typical services include:

  • Companionship and conversation
  • Grocery shopping
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Diet monitoring
  • Hygiene assistance, including bathing and dressing
  • Light housekeeping
  • Walking assistance
  • Errands and transportation
  • Laundry, ironing and vacuuming
  • Changing linens and bed making
  • Helping with bills and mail
  • Supervising home maintenance and repairs
  • Organizing closets and pantries
  • Medication reminders
  • Helping with correspondence
  • Washing dishes
  • Appointment reminders
  • Coordinating home services
  • Picking up prescriptions
  • General shopping
  • Reviewing phone messages
  • Watching movies
  • Play games
  • Going out for meals or other recreational activities together

If you've noticed the warning signs, the time to start talking with senior parents is sooner rather than later. Do not wait until after a crisis has occurred. But how do you bring up sensitive subjects related to aging? Caring Springs Senior Care, an American-based miltinational network of franchises specializing in nonmedical home-based care to support seniors who wish to age in place, recommends some conversation starters that might help overcome the awkwardness.

Discuss what you've observed and ask your parents what they think is going on. If your parents acknowledge the situation, ask what they think would be good solutions. If your parents do not recognize a problem, or shrug it off, use concrete examples to support your concerns.

Remember, you are having a conversation with an adult, not talking to a child. Patronizing speech or baby talk will only put older adults on the defensive and convey disrespect. Put yourself in your their shoes and think of how you would want to be addressed in this situation.