It seems every month that passes leads to your dad needing more help around the house. As a family caregiver, it’s getting overwhelming. You wonder if home care would help. He’s on a limited income, so you need to get caregivers without blowing his budget, but you also know you’re no longer enough. How do you make home care work when his needs are changing so regularly?
Ask Your Dad How He Feels
Talk to your dad about his changing needs. If he’s recovering from a broken hip, he may want daily care at first. He might feel safer having a caregiver around all day. As he regains mobility, he may decide he likes having someone around, or he might ask that he be allowed to increase his chore list until his care is minimal.
If you make sure your dad is involved, he’s less likely to resist having care at home. Some senior citizens look at home care services as an invasion of privacy and independence. Keep your dad informed and involved so that he feels like he’s the one in control.
Assess Activities of Daily Living Regularly
Depending on your dad’s health, some abilities change rapidly. Don’t let it alarm you. If he has Alzheimer’s disease, he may go years without the disease progressing. Suddenly, you find his decline increases to an alarming speed and within months he’s forgetting who you are, where he lives, and can no longer remember when he last ate or had a glass of water.
If he has gout, he may have bad months where the pain in his joints is unbearable. When that flare-up eases, he goes months without needing much help at all.
Track these changes. The good thing about home care services is that they can be adapted to meet your dad’s changing abilities. If he needs daily care after only needing visits once a week, ask the agency you work with about changing the care plan.
Sit down with your dad and a home care agency and assess what his needs really are. Once you have an idea, home care specialists work with your family to ensure the care is where it needs to be. If he needs additional services, they can be added. If he’s able to do other things on his own after some time away, those services can be removed. Call now to discuss rates and services that fit his situation.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Whiting, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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