Adult children face tough decisions when it cones to caring for their senior parents. Choosing to keep your parent at home is one option that can keep your parent happy, but there are some things you'll need to do to ensure your parent is comfortable, healthy and happy at home. Here are just a few things to consider.
Install Emergency Resources
Your parent needs to have a way to contact emergency services, and the telephone may not be the best solution. If your parent slips and falls in the home, reaching the telephone in another room may simply not be possible. Instead, consider installing a home security system with an intercom. Many home security systems have specific setups for seniors that include remote panic buttons, which can be worn around the neck and pressed in the event of a medical emergency. You may also want to consider placing telephones in each room so your parent has the ability to make emergency phone calls without having to walk too far.
Hire An In-Home Care Worker
Caring for a senior parent can be a full-time job, which is why you may not be able to devote as much time to providing care for your parents as you might like. An in-home care worker can help to relieve some of the burden and provide companionship for your parent as well. Your in-home care worker can provide lots of different services, such as:
- Dressing and grooming assistance
- Feeding and toileting assistance
- Mobility assistance
- Light housekeeping
- Transportation to appointments
Invest In Safety And Mobility Equipment
Senior parents who choose to live at home want to maintain a sense of independence. Investing in safety and mobility equipment can help your mom or dad handle everyday living tasks without having to ask for help. Put a shower chair and grab handles in the bathroom so your parent has an easier time with bathing. For self-feeding, consider flatware with wide rubberized grips and spill-proof cups. In the bedroom, add a large display digital alarm clock for easy reading. If you aren't sure which types of safety and mobility equipment might benefit your parent most, have a discussion with your mom or dad's doctor to find out what might work best.
Keeping your parent home through his or her senior years can be a great comfort, but it will take some planning. For more information, contact In Your Home Care or a similar organization.