Have you talked to your aging loved one about being a caregiver for them as they strive to stay in their home and age in place? Maybe they don’t want to be a burden, or spend their final years in a strange environment, but whatever the reason, many elderly people desire to live in their own homes as they age. They might need some assistance in certain areas to make this dream come true, and as their caregiver, you might be wondering how to offer it.
Before you start the journey as your loved one’s caregiver, here are four areas you should discuss with your loved one about where they think they’ll need assistance to stay in their home.
Does your loved one have health issues that she needs help managing? A skilled nursing care provider can be hired to help your parent with physical therapy, medication management, and other healthcare tasks. Even if your parent doesn’t need a skilled nursing care provider at this time, you might want to discuss what type of help your parent may need after an unexpected surgery or hospital stay. It can bring a bit of peace of mind if your loved one knows that if something happens to her, she won’t lose her home. She’ll have you and possibly a skilled nursing care provider help her through it while living at home.
Does your loved one need help with certain household chores in order to maintain her home? If chores like laundry, lawn care, or grocery shopping are too physical for your loved one, can you assist in these areas? Another option might be to recruit other family members or friends to help with a weekly visit to complete a task. One person could bring your loved one grocery shopping each week and another one could come in and do the laundry weekly.
If your loved one has some physical limitations, there might be personal care tasks that she’ll need assistance with. You might consider having a home care provider come in to help with hair care, bathing, or getting dressed. You can also review her home to see if there are products you can purchase to help her perform these duties on her own, such as some railings to help her get in and out of the tub, or a button fastener to help her button those tough little buttons.
Eating right is an important part of staying healthy. You can ask a team of friends and family to bring meals and help prep food for your loved one. There are also meal delivery services that can make sure your loved one gets a well-balanced meal each day.
Your loved one may not need all of these services currently, but she may find she’ll need some in the future. Talking about them today will help you both be more prepared for what the future brings as she lives out her dream of staying home in her sunset years.