Accidents occur without warning. Illnesses can develop suddenly. Primary caregivers, such as spouses, may pass away unexpectedly. Each of these scenarios leaves your elderly parent unable to properly care for him/herself.
If your loved one requires immediate care, here some of your options.
Depending on your parent’s condition, a hospital may be the logical first step for short-term care. For instance, your elderly father should be admitted to a hospital if he has suffered a stroke. It’s important for seniors to be constantly monitored by healthcare professionals to ensure they can safely return home after experiencing medical emergencies.
But what if they struggle to return home? What if they require a caregiver after a particular event? There are two primary alternatives for short-term care.
First, you could hire a visiting caregiver. This individual will visit your parent’s home periodically to assist with daily living activities, such as grooming, cooking, administering medication and other routine tasks. Employing a visiting caregiver will also enable your parent to continue living independently, receive assistance with health conditions, have a companion, and reduce the risk of experiencing physical strain and injury.
Second, your parent could move into your home, making you the primary caregiver. Many people pursue this option as a short-term solution, but it’s important to consider the amount of care required and your capacity to help. It’s counterproductive if you invite your loved one into your home, but are unable to provide effective care.
Once you’ve implemented a short-term care plan, it’s time to start looking for longer term solutions — especially if it’s clear your parent can no longer care for him/herself independently. At this stage, you should determine whether it’s practical to continue employing your interim arrangement. You may come to the conclusion that moving your parent into a senior home is the best route to take.
Senior homes provide a safe, supportive environment for elderly people, and aim to improve the health and well-being of both residents and families. A simple online search will reveal senior living options in your area. The next steps are:
- Research the services provided by each care home
- Enquire about availability
- Tour the homes you and your parent are interested in viewing
- Ask questions about the caregivers, health and safety standards, personalized care plans, building features, etc. during your meet-and-greet
Now that you’ve chosen a suitable senior home, it’s time for your loved one to settle in. Whether it’s assisted living or palliative care, it’s important your parent feels comfortable in the space and knows you’re only a phone call away.
Here’s how ensure a successful transition from home to a care home.
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