If you have a parent, or otherwise somebody to whom you are very close and care for deeply, who is reaching their senior years, you’re probably wondering about what kind of care they will need to keep them happy, healthy, and safe. This is of course a warm sentiment, but it’s not always easy to figure out. In fact, it is rarely easy. But, if we live to be old enough, we will likely all need some form of assistance and care, so figuring out the right type of care for your elderly loved ones is something you will inevitably have to do. And this article aims to help you in that endeavour. Here’s what should be on your senior care checklist.
First, a caveat. We are talking about seniors here, an incredibly large, diverse, and amorphous demographic. It would be absolutely foolish to think that all seniors need the same type of care (though some nursing homes and assisted care facilities seemingly operate with this belief). Some seniors will undoubtedly need more care than others, and all types of care will be different. So remember that you need to create a senior care checklist that is specific to the needs of the senior(s) in your life.
First, think about what physical ailments or restrictions the senior in your life has or is likely to develop. Are there mobility issues? Trouble getting in and out of bed? Is bathing difficult? Are there issues to do with going to the bathroom? If you don’t readily know these answers, you’ll have to talk with the senior in your life. It might be awkward at first, but establishing an open and honest dialogue is key. That’s how you’ll be able to check off Personal Care on your senior care checklist.
Home or body
When family members compose their senior care checklist, they sometimes notice something. All the issues their elderly loved one faces have more to do with their homes than themselves. For instance, you might notice your parent or grandparent has difficulty getting all the groceries or bringing up the laundry. This isn’t so much a problem with their health as it is a problem for their homemaking. In such cases, homemaking services might be your best option.
Mind or body
Likewise, some seniors who have perfectly functioning bodies are still at risk for poor health. One thing that is quite common throughout the large and varied senior demographic is that they are at greater risk of isolation and loneliness. This can lead to depression and other mental health issues, which can then adversely affect physical health. When comprising a senior care checklist, do not underestimate the benefit of companion care.
If your elderly loved one has been diagnosed with a specific condition, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, ALS, or Parkinson’s Disease, this can obviously be a huge challenge. But there’s no need to panic. Because these conditions are widespread and well-studied, there are plans of care out there that will satisfy your elderly loved one’s specific checklist. You just need to find some Specialized Care.
Executive Care offers all of the types of care mentioned above and many others. To get started checking off items on your senior care checklist, please contact us today.