Part of being a family caregiver involves assessing your senior’s needs and determining what would help to meet and to resolve those needs. These are just a few of the many needs your elderly family member may have now or in the future. By putting resources, like elder care, in place now, you have a better chance of anticipating the ways your senior’s needs may change in the future.
Help with Personal Care
Personal care assistance covers a variety of different types of needs, like bathing, getting dressed, and brushing teeth. Your senior may need help with personal care tasks only occasionally, such as when she’s not feeling well, or she may need this help more regularly.
Help with Household Tasks
Often household tasks start to take more time and energy than your senior has to offer. Having someone else to take care of those tasks for her allows her to conserve her energy. That’s crucial when your elderly family member is chronically ill or in pain, because it allows her to focus on what she truly needs to focus on right now.
Help with Transportation
At some stage it is likely to become prudent for your elderly family member to stop driving. That can be a difficult and painful discussion for both of you. It’s a much easier transition when your elderly family member has help from someone in order to ensure that she stays as mobile as she can. This is vital for helping your elderly family member to get to appointments and to stay social if that’s what she wants to do.
Help with Errands
Most people don’t think about errands too much. They’re just something that needs to get handled. But eventually, running errands becomes a lot more complicated for your senior to handle on her own. It’s not so simple any longer. That’s when having additional help makes a big difference.
Elder Care Aides Help with Loneliness
Loneliness and social isolation are huge problems for aging adults. Often these are difficult issues to resolve because of health concerns and changes in mental and emotional health. Having someone who is able to visit regularly with your senior and to check in with her can do a lot to alleviate her loneliness.
Bringing in elder care services can help with all of these needs and more that may become necessary down the road. Elder care providers are uniquely experienced in helping aging adults to manage their needs and to support a high quality of life.