Elder Care: Is Home Care Right for Your Loved One?

If you’re trying to figure out if home care is right for your elderly loved ones, here’s a mini-guide to help:

Health matters

Does your loved one suffer from a condition? What are his health issues? This will determine the kind of elder care you need at home, whether you just need to hire a companion or someone with proper medical and nursing training and experience.

Daily living

Investopedia includes bathing and dressing, along with other grooming tasks under ‘daily living activities.’ If your loved one already has a hard time doing all these on his own, time to hire a home aide or caregiver to assist him through his day-to-day activities, from grooming his nails and hair to keeping his appearance neat and tidy.

Transportation

If your loved one already has mobility issues—can’t walk around much or has problems driving—a home caregiver can take care of running to the grocery for supplies or taking your loved one to his doctor’s appointments. That way, you won’t have to worry that your loved one might get into an accident while sitting behind the wheel.

Medication

If your loved one is already a bit forgetful and you’re worried about him skipping meals or his medication, hiring the services of an elder care service can give you the peace of mind you need. With a care giver, you can be sure your loved one is getting the medication he needs.

Meal preparation

Nutritious meals are important to ensure your loved one stays healthy. Hiring someone to take care of the cooking and meal preparation is one way to supply your loved one with well-balanced meals. If there are any diet restrictions from the doctor, a good care giver will always take those into consideration. If you fear your loved one isn’t getting a healthy, balanced diet, then engaging the services of an experienced and trustworthy home caregiver can help.

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