When a loved one is getting up in age and are no longer able to take care of themselves, deciding how to proceed can be very difficult. Many people’s first thought is to take their loved one into their home and handle the care themselves. You should fully think this through before making this decision.
Taking in an elderly parent or grandparent can turn your household upside down. You will need to change more in your life than your loved one would in theirs. If you work for example, that may need to stop, depending on how much care your loved one requires. If they are not able to stay alone all day, you may need to stop working. For many, this is not an option. Being a caregiver for an elderly family member can also put a strain on your social life. Nights out may not be an option when you need to be home to look after an aging loved one. If you have children in the home, bringing your elderly loved one may put a strain on them as well. If you have small children, they will need to be quiet as to not disturb your aging loved one.
Moving an elderly relative into your home can be difficult on them as well. Moving is stressful for anyone, the stress of leaving a home they spent their whole lives in can be increasingly stressful. They may be dealing the the loss of a spouse or the sudden onset of illness. Adding a move to this cause depression and anxiety. You may not have room for all of their things, meaning they will need to part with items which they have treasured their whole lives.
Many elderly people who move in with family member tend to feel a sense of guilt. The feel that they are a burden on their loved ones. This can also lead to depression and anger.
Before deciding to become an elderly loved one’s primary care giver, you should consider home care. Hiring a home care aide will allow your loved one to stay in their own home. This will give them a greater feeling of independence. They will not need to adapt to new surroundings. They can continue on the way they always have. They can live on the same schedule and not worry about disrupting the lives of others.
A home health aide also offers a great level of companionship to an aging loved one. Many people develop trusting relationships with their caregivers. The social interaction provided by a home health aide will avoid loneliness, an issue which plaques many elderly people.
When deciding to hire a home health aide, there are usually worries about finding the right person. You do not to put your loved one in the hands of the wrong person. Most reputable home care agencies and registries require their employees to be licensed and bonded. They also require extensive references and a full background check. This should give you the peace of mind that your loved one is in good hands.
Hiring a home health aide is not only a smart idea for you and your family, it will also greatly benefit your loved one as well.
Boca Home Care Services has been matching qualified home care aides with seniors in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, and the many cities in Broward county and Palm Beach county, Florida since 1998. All of our aides receive full background checks, training and supervision through our nursing/social work managerial staff. Call us today to set up a no-obligation, in-home consultation. 561-989-0611 or toll free at 877-706-0785