Home Care in Wilton CT
Becoming an advocate for your aging parent involves keeping their greatest interests in mind and ensuring their quality of life as best you can. In many cases this corresponds to supporting them and being their voice when it comes to medical care. It involves ensuring that they are receiving the right care in a timely manner. It also involves being aware and observant as you care for them on a daily basis.
If your parent has a form of dementia or another disease which keeps them from clear understanding, you may need to step in and make important decisions for them. Becoming aware of when that moment strikes is an important milestone. Clear signs that may become apparent include stacks of unopened mail and missed appointments on a regular basis. Their medication appears untouched and a previously well-cared for household is beginning to look in disarray.
As a medical advocate you will be the primary communicator between your parent’s primary health care providers and your family. It’s important that you go with your parent to their medical appointments or find someone else who can. Develop a list of questions for them, share any changes you may have noted in your parent since their last appointment, and make sure that all health care providers have a current list of the medications, over-the-counter remedies and supplements your parent is taking.
As your parent’s primary family caregiver, it will become increasingly important to observe your parent closely. Safety concerns will become increasingly apparent. At some point, they may require a medical safety alert—a push button worn as a pendant around their neck or ankle that alerts you and the appropriate medical emergency response team should an accident or sudden medical emergency arise. If you have concerns that they are not taking their medication appropriately, a drug dispenser may be required that sets off an alarm when it’s time for a dose as well as contacts you should a dose be missed. Their home will need to be assessed for safety issues.
Organization will be a key to both your success as a caregiver and your parent’s well-being. Set up a schedule that defines all the tasks your parent requires help with on a daily basis and place responsibility for each activity with different individuals. This is not an undertaking that you can do alone. Be sure to schedule some respite time for yourself.
Senior Care Provider
As your parent’s need for care increases, you may find the need for a senior care provider. These professionals can help your parent with the daily activities of living, prepare meals, go grocery shopping and run other errands, accompany your parent on daily walks and to medical appointments as well as
provide transportation. They can provide that all-important companionship so important to the well-being of your aging parent.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Wilton, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.