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Preparing For Home Care

It is never easy when you realize that your loved one needs home care so that you don’t have to put them into an adult care facility.  Their health and safety is your first priority, and you want to make the best decision for them so that they will be happy and enjoy living a fulfilling life.  Here are a few tips to get prepared to have in-home care so that your loved one can be in good hands.

Discussion

The first step is to allow them to realize that they may not be as independent as they once were.  In-home care will allow them to be independent while being taken care of by a professional.  Allow them to realize that you hold their safety, health and their daily needs as a priority.  Show them the benefits that may come from having a caregiver in the home with them to assist them.

Benefits

There will most likely be many benefits to having in home care.  There are many positive aspects to having an at-home caregiver.  They will still be able to do as much as possible on their own.  The caregiver is simply there to do things that may be a little more difficult for them as the weeks and months go by.  Remind your loved one that they are still in control of what happens, and that their caregiver is only there for assistance.

Burdens Lifted

The caregiver is going to be able to lift many burdens from them by helping them do more difficult things.  There will be no more forgotten or missed medication dosages.  They won’t have to worry about preparing meals or cleaning the home.  Remind them that they are only there to assist them in their daily lives.  Ordinary tasks that may be getting harder for them to handle will be easier to deal with when a caregiver is assisting them.

Doctor’s Assistance

Your loved one’s doctor may be helpful in encouraging them in this new life venture.  Have an open dialogue with their physician in order to have your loved one be reassured that it is a good decision for them.  The doctor can discuss his concerns for your loved one and their needs, in addition to their desire for independence and the push to live a “normal” life.

The Interview Process

Include your loved one when you interview in home care givers.  Allow them to ask questions and talk openly with the potential employees.  When they understand that their opinion is valued, they may be more likely to accept the idea of having help.

Preparation

Prepare the home for the in-home care, but also for times that they may not be there as well.  Install carbon monoxide detectors that will sense any potential hazardous air quality.  Install smoke detectors that have light that flash in addition to the alarm sounds.  Some have vibrating features that can be put under the pillow in case of any problems with hearing.  In the bathrooms, install anti-scald devices that will prevent any burns from hot water.  These can be installed in showers and baths, as well as sinks.  Grab-bars in the shower and bath are always a good feature for folks that may need a little help.  Consider a security feature that will alert when there is an absence of movement during the day in the home, in such instances as a fall.

By allowing your loved one to participate in the preparation and interview process of a home caregiver, they will be more comfortable with the entire process.  Eventually, they will see that having that extra helping hand and pair of eyes is only benefiting their health and well-being greatly.

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