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Benefits of Having a Home Attendant for Elderly Parents

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Lifestyle Improvement

Posted On: Oct 31, 2014

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      It can be difficult to provide the best possible care for your elderly patients on your own. As much as you want to help them with everything, other parts of life can get in the way like your job, your own daily tasks, and taking care of your own children. Families are also living farther apart from one another like never before. It could be that your elderly parents live thousands of miles away and moving back home to care for them just isn’t practical. In these cases, it’s important to look into having a homecare attendant provide some help for them.

                Homecare attendants are not the same as nurses, as they mostly provide non-medical services such as light housekeeping and personal care. Of course, if you need a nurse to attend to your elderly parents, those services are available, too, often from the same provider. A homecare attendant can help your parents with tasks that are too difficult to do on their own, such as laundry, cooking, and vacuuming. But homecare attendants are more than just housekeepers, providing services such as hygiene care and medication monitoring.

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                You can imagine the peace of mind that a homecare attendant could provide to you if you are unable to look after your elderly parents yourself. Sure, you could call once or twice a day to check on them, but do you really know if they’re taking their medication properly or if they need help preparing meals? With a personal caregiver, you will know for sure.

                Homecare options can be customized to the specific needs of individual clients. If your parent or parents suffers from Alzheimer’s or another dementia-related condition, you might want to consider hiring a live-in caretaker who specializes in these conditions. The caregiver would be able to help your mother or father with all aspects of daily routine, from housekeeping to hygiene. An Alzheimer’s specialized caregiver could also work on fostering communication by designing activities that help to stimulate the memory.

                For other elderly patients that don’t require constant care, daily visits from caregivers might be more appropriate. The visit could include anything from medication monitoring and meal preparation or just a simple visit for companionship. Companionship visits would include the caregiver helping your parents with their favorite activities such as scrapbooking, gardening, or whatever else they may enjoy doing. Caregivers can also help seniors with transportation for running errands such as trips to the doctor’s office, pharmacy, or supermarket. Imagine the peace of mind you would have knowing that someone is driving your elderly parents where they need to go.

                Medication management is another important benefit of homecare services. Even if your parents aren’t showing signs of dementia, it can still be difficult to keep up with their medication. Some seniors have so many different medications to be taken at different intervals, it would be difficult for anyone to keep it straight. But a homecare provider specializes in the proper administration of medication, and can make sure that your parents do not miss a dose.