Do you have a loved one moving in with you who needs in-home care service? It can be tough to realize that your parent or grandparent needs consistent care, but you’re not able to provide it, even though they’re living under your roof. Fortunately, Kind Companion Care exists exactly for this situation. You can take care of your loved one, rely on us to provide necessary care when needed and enhance your loved one’s quality of life. Although you feel responsible for your elderly loved one’s well-being, it’s normal to need help in this situation. You’re not alone, and we understand. Give us a call to schedule a companion care consultation today!
How To Prepare Your Home
The first update to your home is to equip it with the necessary components to accommodate your loved one’s needs. Most seniors want to stay in their own home, so they’re not a burden on their family, but when it comes to quality of life, it’s necessary to welcome your parent or grandparent with open arms.
Step #1 – Make Some Changes
You will need to change or update some components in your home to accommodate the health and safety needs of your loved one. Here is a general list to consider:
- Remove clutter
- Install grab bars
- Add strobe-light fire alarm detectors
- Install anti-scald devices for faucets and the shower
- Tuck-away wires/cables
- Put down anti-skid/slip mats in slippery areas
- Update carbon monoxide detectors
- Plug in night lights throughout your home
This is a short list, but consider your loved one. They will be hard of hearing and/or sight, and it helps to make their lives easier by adding/upgrading components in your home to accommodate their needs.
Step #2 – Track Their Location
Yes, even though your loved one is home, you should install tracking sensors throughout the house to know where your loved one is at all times. This allows for monitoring while you’re at home or away. In case of emergency, you can find your senior faster than if you didn’t have motions sensors monitoring their movement around the house. As a modern application, you could use a smartphone to track your loved one online.
Step #3 – Hire In-Home Elderly Care Service
Whether you’re home or not, companion care services help reduce the stress of your loved one’s life placed on you. A professional that takes care of your loved one and their needs frees up your time to do things like work, clean, and plan events to enjoy as a family. It can seem odd at first to hire a stranger to make sure your parent or grandparent is taken care of, but, trust us, you will benefit from an in-home care professional assisting you and your loved one.
Step #4 – Estimate Increased Expenses
The cost-of-living for your loved one may be higher than yours. Medication, daily supplements, and more could mean your budget needs to adjust to accommodate their health needs. This includes in-home care service, as well. Taking stock of your expenses and the increase will better prepare you for their move into your home.
Step #5 – Spend Time With Them Often
Although you live with your loved one, they may not feel like you spend time with them very often. Taking a few minutes to sit down, take their hand, and ask how they’re doing means the world to them. In most cases, seniors feel lonely, so for you to take the time to show them love and compassion can make the difference between an OK day and a great day.
Step #6 – Promote Regular Movement
In most cases, we would say exercise, but not everyone’s the same. Your elder may be unable to participate in the traditional idea of exercise; however, movement is a great way to frame their physical activity. Standing and sitting in their chair. Walking laps around the home. Going outside to the mailbox and back. All these activities involve movement that will help them feel better. What’s more, it gives them something to do.
Step #7 – Monitor Medications
You may have your medications stowed away in your cabinet, but you need to reassure yourself that your loved one cannot get to them. In some cases, psychological conditions can cause confusion, which can result in the wrong medication being taken, injury, or mood swings. When it comes to any of these types of situations and more, make sure your medication is stowed away securely, and your loved one’s medication is properly administered.
Step #8 – Reduce Driving
Although your loved one may have their driver’s license, it may not be safe for them to get behind the wheel anymore. Remember to monitor your elderly’s desire to drive and if they can access the keys/vehicle to make an attempt at driving. It’s best to move your keys to somewhere inaccessible to them, so they can’t accidentally go for a drive without you knowing.
Step #9 – Avoid Scams
It may seem silly, but elderlies are extremely vulnerable to scams, giving away their financial information or identity to those who will take advantage of it. Monitor telephone and internet use to make sure your loved one isn’t purchasing items online or through a call-service that you could otherwise do for them. Although they may communicate that they know what they’re doing, you need to make sure this is true. Support them, but make sure they don’t get scammed.
Step #10 – Discuss Finances
Building off step nine, discuss finances with your senior. They may have a retirement fund, pension, or social security check covering some, if not all, of their expenses. You need to make sure their financials are in order and working for them to make the most out of their life.
Compassionate Elderly Care In Orlando
Do you have an elderly loved one moving into your home? Not sure how you’re going to take care of them and provide for the rest of your family? At Kind Companion Care, we understand. It can be tough to care for your loved one when they need more attention to remain healthy. Instead of struggling, give us a call today. We offer home companion care to seniors and families in need.