Having your elderly loved one come to live with you can be a fantastic benefit to your care journey with them. This brings them close to you and your family, enabling you to give them more attentive and regular care, and allowing the different generations of the family to benefit from one another. Whether it is your parent helping to care for your children and teaching them skills, to your children keeping your parent company, spending more time together can boost your family relationships and create memories that you can cherish well into the future. In order to get the most benefit from this type of care arrangement, however it is important for you to prepare your home so that your parent will be safe, comfortable, and confident. This might mean making adjustments to your home to address any specific limitations, challenges, or issues that your parent might face.
Some meaningful modifications to your home when your parent comes to live with you can include:
• Handrails. If your home has many stairs or changes in elevation such as sunken rooms or inclines, make sure that there are handrails installed properly throughout these spaces. These should be rated to withstand your parent’s weight and installed effectively to ensure they are safe for your loved one to use to support their weight and give them stability.
• Additional locks. If your senior is struggling with cognitive functioning decline, particularly dementia with wandering tendencies, adding locks is essential. This added measure will help prevent your parent from leaving the home and wandering away.
• More lights. Low vision is very common among aging adults. This can diminish their quality of life, preventing them from being able to enjoy their favorite activities, and can also put them at additional risk for falls and other injuries. Adding more lights throughout the home helps your parent address their low vision effectively, allowing them to be more independent as well as safer and more confident.
Starting elder care for your aging loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them in course of your care journey. Introducing an elderly home care services provider into their care routine is not about taking their independence away from them or even not taking on their care yourself. Instead, the highly personalized care services of such a provider are designed to address your elderly loved one’s individual needs, challenges, and limitations in a way that helps them to manage these issues effectively while also pursuing the highest quality of life possible as they age in place. This can include assisting with activities of daily living, companionship to boost mental and emotional health, and providing safe and reliable transportation to help them do the things that they need and want to do for greater independence in their later years. In your role as their family caregiver, this type of care acts as a support for the care that you give, filling any existing care gaps, ensuring someone is with your parent even when you are not able to be, and easing your stress for an improved relationship and lifestyle for both of you.
The staff at SYNERGY HomeCare are available to talk with you and your family about all of your elder care needs. SYNERGY HomeCare is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable elder care in Bunker Hill, TX, and the surrounding areas. Call us for more information at 713-396-5211.