Have you considered what steps you can take to make your journey caring for a senior loved one smoother? The secret is to plan ahead and anticipate areas where stress may arise once you are not only the caregiver for your household but also for a loved one who requires extended assistance. Ensuring your senior loved one’s home is safe will ease your stress, especially if you can’t be there at all times. Answer these questions to give yourself more of that peace of mind and more time spent doing what matters-like quality time with your family.
1. Is your loved one’s bathroom safe? Health professionals report that bathrooms are the number one cause for slips, trips and falls inside the home. That is why it is very important to equip your loved one’s bathroom with rails, nonslip mats and appropriate space to ensure their safety. Other equipment that will assist your loved one include shower chairs, walk in tubs and raised toilet seats.
2. Would technology help your loved one stay in touch with family and friends? If the answer is yes, giving your loved one a computer is a very helpful tool. Using the computer for email and entertainment purposes will give your loved one a great communication tool, as well as help to fend off feelings of isolation, which health professionals have reported as a cause for depression in elderly individuals. Today, streaming movies and live video chats are great ways to enjoy entertainment right from the comfort of home.
3. Is your loved one’s home safe? There are many things you worry about as a caregiver. However, your loved one’s safety requires more than just an alarm against possible intruders. Installing a system that not only keeps intruders at bay, but also offers alarms in the event of fires or other threats is a wise investment. Today, technology is making home security convenient, giving you the controls over security, electronics, lighting and more that you can access via a computer or a smartphone.
4. Should you ask for assistance? The answer to this question should be yes. Assistance and support from outside sources can be the key to giving your loved one the comprehensive, quality care they need. The variety of services available might surprise you. Take a look at your schedule while considering areas that are busier than others, including those times your loved one will require your time and attention. Services for lawn care, transportation, and home health services for physical therapy are all ways you can share the responsibilities of caregiving while still providing quality and dependable care.
Your goal as a caregiver is to provide your loved one with the quality care and support they need, and that means accepting support for yourself. The professional staff at Freudenthal Home Health offers that support with a full array of private duty and skilled home health services. To find out more ways we can be your partner in home health, contact us today.