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Is it time for ‘The Talk’? Tips for discussing home care

Wednesday, February 19 2014 11:45 PM

Are your parents having problems living on their own? Maybe you’ve become their informal caregiver and find it overwhelming. Or maybe you live too far away to visit regularly and you’re worried about their safety.

For more and more seniors and their families, the answer to these issues isn’t moving into assisted living or a nursing home. It’s choosing home care provided by a qualified agency.

Your parents may do better physically and emotionally if they can stay at home.

Home care can be tailored to give them the help they need to continue living independently, including healthcare and personal assistance, such as:

  • Housekeeping
  • Cooking
  • Shopping
  • Personal care
  • Medication monitoring
  • Nursing care
  • Physical, speech or occupational therapy

Home care can provide all of the caregiving, or share the time with you or other family members. Because of the customizability, home care services can have cost benefits as well.

Many seniors recognize the value of home care and arrange it for themselves. But some fear losing their independence.

It’s best to start the discussion early, and speak in terms of “what if.” After all, if your parents had home care, they could stop being so concerned about being forced to move. And you and their loved ones could take comfort in the care and attention they receive when you’re not there.

Home care may involve one person or a team. If you choose a healthcare option, make sure the work is being done under the supervision of registered nurses and from a licensed home health agency.

Get to know staff members before making a decision about a particular agency. Invite them to visit you and your parents at home where you can get a better idea of who they are and hear firsthand about the care they provide.

Your home care agency should be dedicated to serving the whole person: mind, body and spirit. They should listen to, respect and respond to your loved one’s needs, wants and fears. And they should feel a responsibility to keep you and other family members involved and updated.

Click here to learn more about Good Samaritan Society services located near you or your parents.

Source: www.good-sam.com

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