Ninety percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, often referred to as “aging in place” but the majority cannot accomplish this. Senior home care typically involves services performed in a senior’s home to help them when they are struggling to perform daily tasks, chronically ill, or recovering from surgery. They need reliable caregivers and/or nurses to assist them with activities of daily living to keep them healthy and safe at home.
Some clients arrange their own basic care needs, while others require a care lead. When we discuss the topic of care lead, we are often referring to the member of the family that has been appointed to make medical or healthcare decisions. The formal term for this is referred to as a Medical Power of Attorney.
This person is appointed by the client for the purpose of making healthcare decisions, but only if the client is not able to make decisions for themselves.
As your senior loved one ages, you might begin to worry about their physical and mental health. You may notice that they struggle with simple tasks, or that their memory isn’t as sharp as it once was.
What you’re worrying about is a loss of their ability to care for themselves or be independent. Typically, these worries are brought on by deterioration in mobility and in ability to perform activities of daily living such as dressing, using the washroom, or taking a bath.
In this post we’ll cover more about functional decline, common types to recognize, what this means for your senior loved ones, and how to slow down or delay functional decline.
You know your parents are getting older, but are you prepared to step into a decision-making role if a sudden health emergency were to happen?
Do you know where your parents keep important documents? What are your parents’ care preferences and do they have the money to pay for their care? Do you know what your parents’ thoughts are on end-of-life care or life support?
While these questions may seem daunting or too far away to consider, many aging parents haven’t thought about their future care needs, and a sudden health change could cause even more stress without a plan in place.
Often times the most frustrating part of Parkinson’s is there is no universal method to alleviate symptoms, as each person will experience the disease differently and require a different change in lifestyle. As a caregiver, you have the advantage of being in regular contact with your Parkinson’s patient and you can use this relationship to better understand their specific needs and help them with working towards improving their quality of life.
There are a couple of specific areas that you can focus on to help someone with Parkinson’s.
Sharing your home with your aging parents can lead to very positive experiences. Such a merger can save a significant amount of money, while also providing your aging parent the comfort that you feel they are entitled to. But, as with all things, there are certain considerations that you should be aware of before move-in day. These key factors will be highlighted in this post.