Elderly Care and Companionship Preserves Independence

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Elderly Care and Companionship

As parents age, our roles are transformed. The people who once watched over and protected us may now need our help and support. Elderly parents often require care and companionship, but you may not be able to provide that support yourself. You may have children to look after, a demanding career to maintain, or you may live too far away.
If you find that an elderly parent is not managing on his or her own, sometimes a nursing home may seem like the only option. But studies suggest that seniors do better when they are able to stay in their own home among familiar surroundings. If you have a parent who is struggling to remain independent, your best choice may be to hire a caregiver. If you’re unsure about what your elderly parent requires, look for a caregiver agency that provides an initial assessment done by a medical professional.

Medical and Personal Support

There are five major areas where a personal support worker may be of help to your parent. The first is medical. As seniors age, they may face multiple health challenges. Many seniors have high blood pressure, diabetes, or other chronic conditions that need monitoring; some need help with pain management or wound care. Studies have shown that a large percentage of prescription drugs are taken improperly by the elderly, leading to health problems and thousands of deaths every year. A well-trained PSW can help to organize a client’s medication and provide basic medical care.
A second area is personal care. Bathing, grooming, and dressing can become difficult for seniors. PSWs know how to assist with these tasks professionally and efficiently.

Healthy Living Support

The third area is that of housekeeping. Seniors’ basic health often improves greatly after they employ a caregiver to provide healthy meals on a daily basis. As well, a caregiver can perform light household tasks, making sure that your parent has clean laundry, clean dishes, and a tidy home.
The fourth area is mobility. Seniors may be unable to get around easily. Driving is often impossible, and taking transit or walking can be very difficult. Some caregivers will take your parent shopping, to church, medical appointments, or social engagements.
The fifth, and one of the most important, is the area of companionship. Seniors often feel isolated and lonely. They may have experienced the loss of a spouse as well as many close friends. A caregiver can provide conversation, play card games, or help with correspondence or hobbies.

Selecting a Caregiver Agency

Choosing the right caregiver for your aging parent is important. Select an agency that offers:
  • Choice. Matching your parent to a caregiver who is compatible should be a priority.
  • Flexibility. Some weeks your family may require more hours than others. Needs may change over time.
  • Skilled and certified workers. A caregiver with a PSW certificate and at least two years worth of experience is a must. The agency in question should adhere to the CPCA Code of Responsibility.
  • Follow up. Regular checks to ensure that all is going well and to make necessary adjustments are essential.
A caregiver can provide your parent with the companionship and support he or she needs to live independently for many years to come. Contact a company that provides home care for seniors today.
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