Each week, you help your parents with their grocery shopping and meal preparation. They need help with laundry and housework. It works well, but there’s a new issue. You’ve been for your yearly health exam, and they found you have some health concerns. It could be any condition that requires more time with doctors or specialists. Whether you have been diagnosed with diabetes, cancer, or another chronic health condition, you need to take care of yourself first. Home care aides can help your parents with the things you no longer have time to help them manage. Let caregivers assist your parents when you have appointments you can’t miss.
These are the services that a home care agency offers.
Not every elderly driver is a safe driver. Some find driving easy, but others find it harder to check their blind spots, stay in their lane, and judge braking distances. If your mom and dad have been told it’s no longer safe for them to drive, it’s time to address having home care aides take them where they need to be.
Managing medications can be difficult at any age, especially as the number of pills you take increases. If your parents often forget a dose, wonder if they’ve already taken their daily meds and risk taking too much, or lose track when it’s time to order a refill, talk to them about having caregivers assist with daily prescriptions.
It’s not unusual to find older adults relying more on frozen meals and restaurant takeout. Cooking a meal may be challenging due to pain in the hips, knees, ankles, or back. It can be a case of chronic health issues making cooking a risky task. Either way, caregivers can cook for your parents.
Do your mom and dad have a hard time with housekeeping and laundry? If that’s what you help them do each week, a caregiver can take over. They’ll keep the home clean and organized, do the laundry when needed, change sheets and towels, and put everything away when it’s clean and dry.
If your biggest role is being there for your mom and dad to talk to, consider companionship from caregivers. Your parents have someone around if they hate eating alone. Their caregiver can join them for board games, movies, walks, and many other activities.
Focus on your health. The sooner you get your appointments taken care of and start any recommended treatments, the better it is. Schedule respite care services to ensure your parents have the help they need. Learn more by calling our home care specialist.