Can your elderly parent take care of themselves independently?

Wednesday, 05 July, 2017

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Today, many families are simply not able to provide the day-to-day assistance often needed for their elderly loved ones. Sometimes a person’s occupation, personal obligations and geographical distance can make it very difficult for them to assist on a regular basis. It’s important to provide companionship to a loved one so that they do not feel left alone. Allow Caring Springs to assist you in exploring all home care options so that your loved one can achieve a happy and safe lifestyle.

As more elderly adults are choosing to live independently, family members and caretakers must make important choices about their daily care. In the majority of these situations, the primary caretakers are working children of the elderly that have limited time and ability to provide daily care. Many turn to outside home care providers for help. The first thought for many is to hire a home care nurse. This is a viable but costly option if the situation is truly in need of a home care nurse. But to many, a home care nurse is not what is needed for their daily care. Options may not be limited to a home care nurse but may include or only require a home care helper. It may just be a matter of evaluating your needs.

A home care helper is a non-medical, in-home care provider for the elderly adult who is in need of assistance for simple chores and home tasks. A home care helper provides senior care, elder care, personal care, respite care and companion care to help the elderly and adults continue to live in their homes when additional help is needed. These are non-medical services unlike the services provided by a home care nurse.

Some of the services provided by a home care helper that a home care nurse does not provide :

  • Hygiene Assistance
  • Meal preparation/Diet monitoring
  • Light housekeeping
  • Errands and Shopping
  • Joyful companionship
  • Live in, Live- out, sleep-over
  • Mornings, mid-day, evenings
  • Temporary or Long term
  • Weekends, holidays
  • Respite for family caregivers

As a caregiver, evaluating the needs and knowing the difference between a home care nurse and a home care helper will help you make the best choices when caring for an elderly parent and loved one. Staying in the home is most often the best place to be but receiving the best care suitable to everyday living makes everything fall into place.