May 17, 2017 by Robert Myer
You may believe that your parent is at that stage of life where they are facing limitations that require in home care services. After discussing this among your siblings, your senior loved one and their medical health care team you might come to an agreement that in home support is valid and necessary. However, what each family then must consider is who will be providing care, as it can be a full-time job, unlike no other. Once you begin supporting the needs of another, you too may face limitations, and it is crucial that you seek additional, professional in home care services as necessary.
The concept of in home care services does not mean that a family member is the provider of care. The reality is that most family members are physically and emotionally incapable of caring for their mother or father. It is not for the lack of want or trying. However, the role reversal is difficult for both the elderly parent as well as their adult child. Often times your loved one who is in need of senior care services do not want to depend on their sons or daughters to toilet, bath, dress, or feed them. As hard as it is to accept the services of a home health care professional, care services provided by someone other than a family member is often a better solution.
Should your parent be open and willing to explore in home care services, ensure their care expectations and personal care needs are met. Your mother or father still want to feel empowered in their choices and should they no longer have the capability to confidently decide, represent them. Mom or dad deserves your protection in regard to limitations they face due to physical and mental decline. Ensure they receive expert, loving care whether it be from a family caregiver, friends of the family or a professional home health aide, have the conversation together.
To learn more about the elder care services available to your loved one, contact us or call (504) 300-0115 to schedule a free in-home consultation.
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