Watching your loved ones grow older should be a time of celebration and joy. To have parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents an active part of your family is a blessing that’s not to be overlooked.
Part of supporting the seniors in your life is to ensure they can live rich, vibrant lives that are an integral part of your family. One of the more seamless ways to do this is to consider using a Home Care provider to help the aging parents in your life maintain many of the things they love, while still getting the assistance they need. Let’s look at five simple benefits of enlisting a home care provider to walk alongside this part of your journey.
1. Your senior gets to stay at home.
A home care provider will work with your aging parent in his home, where he is familiar with his surroundings and feels safe and comfortable in them. Your senior doesn’t need to give up his favorite chair or view from a window. With the many changes that happen physically, mentally, and emotionally at this age, having the comfort of home makes these changes happen in a safe environment.
2. Your senior gets the best from you when other tasks are delegated.
If you’re like many adults trying to provide support for an aging parent while also juggling your own home/family/career, you understand how exhausting even simple things can be. With a home care provider, you can have peace of mind that a paid professional will help your aging parents navigate many of their daily tasks, freeing you up to be there 100% for your aging parents in the ways that matter to all of you. You can find more enjoyable moments with your parents when you’re not having to focus on doing their laundry or helping them bathe.
3. Your senior gets another advocate.
While the saying is “it takes a village to raise a child,” it can also apply to taking care of an aging parent. A home care provider can help you see things you may not have had the chance to notice due to being overwhelmed. They’ll also be able to provide your senior with an unbiased opinion on where help is needed. Having another caring adult in their corner let’s your seniors know that many people are there to help them with questions and concerns.
4. Their finances will not be hit as hard.
Hiring a home care professional is more cost-efficient than having your aging parent move full-time into assisted living. You can choose the services you need the professional to provide your parent and customize them to meet your needs and your parent’s needs. Your aging parents won’t waste money on services not needed yet, helping them maintain their finances for when and if greater needs arise in the future.
5. Your senior can customize services.
As alluded to above, home care providers have a wide range of services your family can request. If your parent needs to be driven to and from appointments, they can help with that. Many providers can provide some nursing care – administering medications or providing needed injections. They can assist in household chores, preparing meals, and even reading to your senior. When you meet with the agency, sit down with your senior first and come to your meeting agreeing about how a home care provider can both enrich the life of your senior and provide you with the freedom to spend time with your aging parent in ways that are life-giving and reaffirming for your family.
As aging parents get older and roles begin to reverse in life, their children often need to help them live gracefully and with dignity; hiring a home care provider may be just the support you need to enjoy these years together.