Senior Care is a Family Issue
It takes a family working together to choose the most appropriate option for a loved one’s senior care — to make sure all the senior’s needs and wishes are addressed. Comfort Keepers in home senior care services is a great option for seniors and other adults in need of residential personal care and companionship services.
Why Is Senior Care Important?
For starters, seniors needing residential care services are at a vulnerable stage of life. They often face multiple health concerns and loss of physical and cognitive function. More than ever, individuals needing in-home senior care need the support and love of family members. Comfort Keepers-a residential care service provider- can help provide the support seniors need through our comprehensive in home senior care services.
Seniors in need of residential care services often have difficulty expressing their needs, desires and preferences, so they must have someone to advocate for them. And who is more qualified for that than the people who know them better than anyone else in the world?
Even if your family chooses to involve outside help in providing your loved one’s in-home senior care — an in-home care agency, an assisted living community or a nursing home — you need to be involved in their personal care plan. You can communicate to the professional caregivers your loved one’s likes and dislikes, habits, routines, concerns and all the other things that make them an individual. Without your help and involvement, their senior care whether in home senior care or care from a facility may fall short of what they deserve.
Today, 80 percent of older Americans prefer to stay at home as they age. Residential care service agencies like Comfort Keepers can provide the in-home care services your loved one needs to make this wish a reality. Personal in-home care services through an in-home care agency like Comfort Keepers can help to sustain their current at home lifestyle through comprehensive personal care. This means families are more directly involved than ever in their loved ones’ senior care. So, it is more important than ever that families be involved in the planning stage together. No single individual can adequately handle the responsibilities of senior caregiving alone — certainly not on top of other work, family and community responsibilities.
In most families, there is usually one sibling who, based on proximity to the aging parent, becomes the chief caregiver and communicates the most with the in-home senior care agency who is providing personal care and companionship to their senior loved one. Deciding who that person will be is a good topic for the first conversation with aging parents. Parents, of course, need to be involved in every step of the decision-making process, so they can maintain as much control of their lives as possible.
But no matter who is the chief caregiver, all siblings need to share the responsibility in some way. This could involve home maintenance, managing bill paying and finances, or taking care of insurance and medical claim issues. Comfort Keepers in home senior care acts as a way to provide quality care seniors so family members can focus on other aspects of their loved ones lives.
Also, do not forget the importance of frequent visitation as it is a large aspect of personal care and can help combat senior depression. As you brighten your parents’ day, you can monitor their health and mental status and share concerns you have with the professional providing their in home senior care. You may find that their elder care plan needs to be modified to address changing circumstances.
What Should I Consider?
In choosing the most appropriate care for a senior loved one, there are a number of decisions to make and questions to ask.
- How do I begin talking with my parent about their care needs?
- How will the care be funded?
- What is the safest, most comfortable, most appropriate care option for my parent?
- Is a family member nearby who can be of assistance at a moment’s notice?
- What types of help does my parent need — for instance, bathing, eating, transportation, etc.?
- How do my parent’s religious affiliation and other personal preferences influence the type of care we choose?
- What types of senior care are available? How do they differ? And how does each one address my parents’ needs?
To help find the senior care solution most appropriate for your parents, you may consider having their physician conduct an evaluation.
You may also consider options that match your parent's unique traits and temperament. For instance, is your parent typically a thinker or a socializer? Thinkers desire space and privacy. They prefer independence, reading and working quietly alone. On the other hand, socializers are energized by people. They enjoy interactions with others and become lonely without regular interaction.
Also consider your parents past living experiences. Are they accustomed to owning a home where they have acquired many valued items? If so, they may find it difficult to leave. Or, are they accustomed to an apartment or condo? This setting may make it easier to adjust to smaller living areas with others nearby.
Choosing the best senior care option is a difficult decision. Involving family members helps ensure that you consider all factors and choose the best possible solution for your loved one. If you or your loved one has questions about the in home senior care provided by Comfort Keepers please contact our office today.
Comfort Keepers of Fairfax, VA proudly provides services in the following communities:
Alexandria, Annandale, Bailey’s Crossroads, Bull Run, Burke, Centreville, Clifton, Dunn Loring, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Falls Church, Gainesville, Groveton, Lincolnia, Manassas, Mantua, Merrifield, Springfield, Strathmeade Springs, Sudley, Tysons, Uniontown, Vienna, Wellington, West Springfield, and Woodbridge
10721 Main Street #304, Fairfax, VA 22030