by Jack Keenan, contributing writer
What can you do for your aging parent or loved one? A nursing home seems drastic and oh-so-final. It’s also expensive — sometimes downright unaffordable. But what other option do you have?
In-home care: a viable option
Happily, in-home care has become a very viable option for seniors who no longer are independent and need additional care. The reasons to choose in-home care as an option over nursing homes and assisted living facilities are even more desirable than you might imagine. Yes, day-to-day needs such as hygiene, bathing, toileting, and dressing are provided — but at-home care goes far deeper than that. In fact, there are lots of in-home care services you might not have considered. Here are just a few!
Companionship is one service that is often very needed by your loved one, but it’s importance is often overlooked. Thanks to in-home caregiving, you no longer need to worry about your loved one being alone nor lonesome. With companionship comes conversation and laughter, as well as positive forward thinking and emotions. Keeping your loved one engaged throughout the day will keep him or her stimulated and “feeling alive.” Loneliness becomes a thing of the past.
Beyond what is done at home is what is done outside the home for your loved one. Running errands such as shopping, picking up prescriptions, mailing letters and the such might seem like small and insignificant acts to an able-bodied adult, but are invaluable to a house-bound person.
Has cooking become too large of a chore for your loved one? In-home caregivers will plan out and prepare meals according to your loved one’s special diet restrictions, as well as to their taste buds. Does your dad like his coffee a certain way? Does your mom need to avoid sugar? Special attention to meal planning makes a loved one feel truly cared for and special.
Light housekeeping can make a huge difference in your loved one’s environment and, as such, the quality of their mental state, too. Beds are made and linens are changed. Dishes are washed. Clothes are washed. Carpets are vacuumed. Your loved one’s environment stays fresh and clean.
Getting out and about
Keep in mind: Your in-home care provider isn’t necessarily restricted to simply staying in the home with your loved one! Going out, whether it be to an important appointment or to do something enjoyable is a service that an at-home caregiver can provide. Sure, watching a movie is enjoyable, but going to a theater to see a movie is even more so. Being able to see a grandchild perform at a school play or sporting event can mean the world to a grandparent. Having the occasional meal at a restaurant can be a great way to get out and live what feels like a “normal” life. Enjoying any sort of leisure or recreational activity is now worry free with a caregiver along to lend a hand.
In-home care creates joy and peace of mind
Keeping your loved one safe, happy, and well cared for while living at home is a most joyful feeling. It gives you that peace of mind you deserve — and so does your loved one! If you want to learn more about our in-home care services, please visit our home care services page and call us today for more information at 630-333-9262.