Jul 18, 2016 by Matt Clinnard
Life throws us many curveballs. By far one of the most difficult is when it comes time to senior home care for your loved ones. There is something deeply sad about coming to terms with your parent's mortality. They were once your rock and now it is time for you to become theirs.
However, many people do not realize that senior home care is by no means a death sentence. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Having a caregiver around will help your parent significantly improve their overall quality of life and stay independent for a long time. This is because caregivers can compensate for your loved one's shortcomings by helping them perform certain tasks they no longer care.
Common services in senior home care include shopping for groceries, running errands, driving your loved one to the doctor, picking up their prescription, taking care of pets, helping your parent take a bath or get dressed and managing their medicine. As you can imagine, this sort of help goes a long way towards helping your loved out live their golden years in happiness and comfort.
So, when is it time for senior home care? Most people decide to go with a caregiver after they've gone through a major medical event, such as surgery or stroke. This is because they need intensive care following a procedure and family caregivers are just not able to provide that sort of care for them.
It is also good to look into senior home care for any number of reasons that include your loved one becoming increasingly weak, being unable to perform everyday tasks regularly or if they need help managing their medication.
There is no shame in senior home care and you should not feel bad about. Hiring a professional caregiver does not by any means mean you do not love your parent. In fact, it means you love them quite a lot to want to make sure they are well taken care of and happy.