Help Your Loved One Live A Safe and Fulfilling Live At Home With Dependable Care
As people age they slowly (or sometimes rapidly), begin to lose the ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs). These activities come in the form of general survival-based activities (ADLs), and more complex, instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). IADLs concern the ability to communicate effectively, manage personal finances on their own, and ultimately, live independently.
Many times the inability to complete ADLs or IADLs goes undetected by anyone apart from the person struggling with them. Your loved one may or may not wish to reveal that they have trouble doing their laundry or remembering their medication. Admitting that they struggle with these daily tasks can be difficult to accept. Ultimately, nobody wants to admit that they are losing their independence.
How to Care For Your Parent When They Need Assistance With Daily Activities
When you become aware that your parent is struggling to look after his or herself effectively (or if you’re concerned about their ability to do so), it’s natural to want to intervene. Ultimately, you wish to look after them and ensure their happiness.
Maintaining independence is essential for individuals as they age. Nobody wants to burden their family with the demands of their care. And they certainly don’t want to lose their dignity as they begin to require assistance with tasks that were once easy.
A common solution to overseeing the safety of your loved one as their caretaking needs increase is to look after them yourself. Unfortunately, this is not an option for everyone, whether it be due to barriers related to time or distance. Additionally, when it is an option, it comes with its own set of challenges that need to be carefully considered. We discuss these challenges at length in this article.
Many seniors wish to remain in their own home and age in place. Homes are filled with cherished memories (both yours and those of your loved one), and it’s not easy to leave that behind. Even when the home appears to be a safety issue, most people would rather work around it than move.
Fortunately, staying at home is a very realistic option for many people. Assistance from a home care agency like Dependable Care makes aging in place a distinct possibility.
In fact, there are many benefits to your loved one remaining in their home (if it’s a safe environment). For one, moving is incredibly stressful. Packing and downsizing possessions is a big, difficult, undertaking for everyone involved. Plus, depending on the individual’s condition, adapting to a new environment can be disorienting.
Additionally, if your loved one is only beginning to show signs that they’re struggling with ADLs or IADLs, moving them out of their home is a drastic measure. Home care services may be a more appealing option.
With the assistance of a home care agency, seniors can remain in their homes and maintain a certain level of independence. At the same time, you have peace of mind knowing that your loved one will be well cared for.
Following are just some of the ways that we can help your senior parent live a fulfilling, healthy, and safe lifestyle in their own home.
How can Dependable Care’s home care services help your loved one with their ADLs?
Evaluating The Home & Suggesting Improvements
Sometimes small upgrades and adjustments are all that is needed to transform your parent’s home from a hazard into a haven. At Dependable Care, we offer a consultation to evaluate each client’s needs. We then make suggestions on how to improve their home to make it not only safe, but also functional.
Common recommendations include installing handrails in the bathroom and removing rugs, mats, and other tripping hazards. Rearranging furniture to create clear and direct pathways between rooms can also be of help.
Even simple changes like moving frequently used dishes to easier-to-reach shelves, or replacing heavy objects with lighter alternatives can make a world of difference in someone’s daily life. These changes might not be apparent to everyone, but these are what our insightful team is trained to notice!
According to a 2010 study, loneliness can lead to a loss of mobility and an increase in depression. It may even increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Dependable Care’s companionship services help your loved one feel less alone by spending time with them. A few hours of in-person interaction each week can help to give your parent an outlet that they may not have otherwise. This may be through conversation, playing games, reading to them, or just enjoying time in the presence of another person.
Sometimes a patient ear to listen to their worries and frustrations, or laugh at a silly joke makes all the difference to someone’s outlook!
For some, losing the ability to drive feels like a massive loss of independence, while for their family members it may feel like a relief. Lack of transportation doesn’t have to mean that a door is shutting on your parent’s ability to keep up with the demands of their social life, or worse, rendering them housebound.
Our family care providers will accompany your loved one to social engagements, help them run errands, or take them on outings. As a result, your parent maintains as much independence as possible, which keeps them in good spirits. Simultaneously, you can feel confident they have support for anything they need while they’re out and about in the world.
Cooking & Meal Prep
We all know it’s important to eat a balanced diet. Unfortunately, when seniors begin to struggle with cooking for themselves, it’s easy for them to resort to pre-packaged meals. This is particularly true for individuals who aren’t inclined to cook much in the first place.
While these packaged meals are convenient, and risk free to prepare, they often lack a complete nutritional profile.
Additionally, your parent may find that they are longing for a delicious, home-cooked meal that they once ate frequently. They may find it frustrating and depressing to be unable to prepare these meals on their own. This is particularly true for those who once loved to cook.
A home care provider can offer support with meal planning and preparation to lessen the burden of cooking. They can simultaneously ensure that your parent eats a balanced diet. With the assistance of a caregiver, cooking can be a collaborative, social activity that your loved one can participate in with ease!
Your parent can enjoy home cooked meals once again, while having insight and involvement in the process. Plus, they’ll never have to worry that they won’t like what’s on the menu, because they get to choose!
One of the best ways to maintain mobility in old age is by maintaining muscle strength. This means regular physical activity is essential. Unfortunately, exercise is often something that falls by the wayside when aches and pains render it challenging.
According to the Surgeon General, in addition to maintaining mobility, strong muscles “help reduce the risk of falling and improve the ability to perform the routine tasks of daily life.”
A personal care provider will help encourage and support your loved one with their daily exercise practice. Having a caregiver present to ensure that they don’t fall or injure themselves gives seniors the confidence and accountability they need to stay active.
Live-in Home Care Services
Even if your parent requires assistance with many (or most) daily activities, they can likely remain in their own home under the appropriate care.
Dependable Care offers live-in home care services, which means your loved one has support all day, every day.
You can save your parent the stress of moving to an assisted living facility, and still still ensure that they have care and assistance whenever they need it.
A live-in caregiver is present to assist with any aspect of day-to-day living required. This includes everything from checking the mail to ensuring your loved one takes their medication. We even provide assistance with bathing and grooming.
Home Care Services in Connecticut
Hiring a home care service to assist your family member is a wonderful way for them to maintain their independence, while providing you with the assurance that they are well looked after.
Dependable Care provides home care assistance throughout Connecticut. Whether your family member requires live-in care or just occasional assistance with daily tasks, Dependable Care can help.
After all, there’s nothing more important than the safety and comfort of the ones you love.