Getting older no longer means seniors must give up their independence. However, it’s important to begin to make accommodations that protect seniors from getting hurt or sick as they age. Over the years, your senior loved one can expect to need help when he or she isn’t feeling well or if his or her abilities change. You can use these ideas to begin helping your loved one at home right now so he or she is already used to receiving assistance when more care is needed.
Do a Needs Assessment
The first thing you need to do is figure out what your loved one needs. Every senior is different, and your loved one may be doing well with cooking meals but really needs help with cleaning up afterward. Seniors may need help with driving, housekeeping, and grocery shopping. Spend a day or two with your loved one and see how he or she gets things done. Then, you can use these observations to begin putting together a care plan.
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Identify People Who Can Help
There are likely people already in your loved one’s life who would like to help but don’t know what to do. Ask your siblings or other younger members of the family to help out with specific tasks. Once you put together your team, you can then add a professional home caregiver who can be counted on to help out when other people may not be available.
Throughout this process, be respectful of your loved one’s need to remain in control of his or her own life. Never just have someone show up to help without taking your loved one’s preferences into consideration. Talk to your loved one about the things you’ve noticed he or she needs help with, and ask who he or she would prefer to provide assistance.
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Create a Schedule for Assistance
Aging adults tend to prefer to follow a daily routine, and your loved one may eat better and be generally healthier when he or she does things around the same time each day. Set up a specific schedule for when people will help. For instance, your loved one’s caregiver may show up every day around lunchtime to cook a meal and give your loved one a chance to socialize. You may also have your sibling show up on the weekend to do routine house maintenance chores such as mowing the lawn.
Review the Care Plan Periodically
Once you set up your loved one’s plan for assistance, take time to ask how things are going. Listen to your loved one’s responses to see if any changes need to be made, such as having someone come by more often or help with a new need. Since your loved one’s needs will likely increase with age, it’s important to stay a step ahead so he or she always has assistance available.
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