It Takes Careful Planning to Care for Your Parents. Don’t Miss These Considerations!
Planning and arranging senior care for your mom and dad
isn’t a decision to take lightly. You need to research the local options and
find the right services for their needs. Make sure you’re considering these
factors when you are making arrangements.
Ask Doctors for Input
Ask your parents’ doctors for input on what health
conditions they have and if there are dietary restrictions. Make sure paperwork
like HIPAA permissions, living wills/advance directives, and POLST forms are on
The doctor may have suggestions on senior care services that
would benefit your parents. You might also get information on agencies that the
doctor can recommend.
Get the Home Organized and Cleaned
When a caregiver comes in to start providing care, have the
home clean and organized. If the caregiver can easily find things and doesn’t
have to ask you throughout the day, more time can be devoted to spending time
getting to know your parents. Some of the things to have in order are:
Medical forms and emergency contacts
First aid kit
Have a to-do list set out for the caregiver to refer to.
Don’t expect the caregiver to follow it, but it’s helpful if the caregiver has
an idea of what your parents are used to doing each day.
Do a Home Safety Check
Make sure there are no issues in terms of safety. If there
is a deck stair that’s loose or rotting, replace it prior to the caregiver’s
start. Have railings secured, fix loose carpeting or tiles, put in safety rails
in the bathroom, and get a shower seat if necessary.
If your parent’s mobility is changing, have a cane available
for days it’s needed. A grab bar to help your parents get out of bed or off the
sofa is also useful if mobility has changed.
Prepare Your Parents
Make sure you’ve included your parents in the planning
stages. If they can talk to the senior care agency and ask questions, let them.
Walk them through how the first day will go and what to expect from the
caregiver. Make sure they know the caregiver can do somethings and not others,
so they can’t get upset if a caregiver is unable to do a specific task.
Senior care services are designed to help your parents live independently. They’re not there to infringe on their privacy or freedom. Caregivers help with the tasks that are challenging so that your parent doesn’t have to move. Call a senior care agency to learn about the range of services in your area.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Senior Care in Big Timber, MT please contact the caring staff at AdvoCare Home Care Services today at 406-582-5402.