As people advance in age they often require help completing day to day tasks they once did for themselves. This is especially true if the individual has some type of neurological disease or cognitive impairment.
According to the AARP just over half of individuals 65 years of age or older will require some form of long term care. The type of care can range from simple things like help with bathing, dressing, cooking, and cleaning, to more specialized care, such as caring for those with advanced medical problems. Regardless of what type of care, transitioning one’s parents from complete independence to At-Home care can be a challenging time. Let us look at some basic tips to make the transition smoother.
Have Patience: While some people embrace the extra help, others push back against it; they may feel as if they are losing their independence. While it may be frustrating it is a perfectly normal reaction after a lifetime of autonomy. Having patience is extremely important during this transition period, especially with those who do not have positive feelings towards the change.
Determine A Budget: One needs to decide exactly how much of their financial resources they can dedicate to at-home care. There are many things to consider here: Does one plan on buying a home or making any other large investment in the future? What will happen if ones economic situation changes? What can one afford long term? Not asking these questions can lead to economic troubles in the future.
Choose The Right Care Provider: Choosing the right care provider for one’s parents will depend on their needs. It is important to be able to clearly and meaningfully articulate exactly what one’s parents require from a caregiver. Tandem Careplanning is a service that matches qualified caregivers directly with those seeking their services. Various price points exist depending upon what level of service one requires for their parents.
Visit Regularly: It is important, especially in the initial stages, to visit regularly. Not only does it help with any emotional strain but it also affords one’s parents to communicate, early on, if the caregiver is not meeting their requirements.
Expect An Adjustment Period: Some people adjust well, while others do not. Understanding that there is an adjustment period will help deal with some of the emotional stress, especially for those with parents who are not happy with the idea of having a caregiver.
Create A Care Plan: It is important to have an outline of exactly what a caregiver will be doing for one’s parents. This will also help in choosing the right caregiver as well as evaluating their performance.
Involve Parents In The Care Planning Process: Friction and ill will can result when one does not include their parents in the care planning process. It is common for them to feel as if they are losing their autonomy. Involving them in the creation of their care plan is a good way to help the transition from living on their own to having at-home care.