An Important Part of Your Elder Care
Personal Support Network
Attention All Snowbirds -
For many of us, time spent with family over the holidays is bittersweet. While it's a joy to see our loved ones, it can also be a reminder of how quickly time passes and how rapidly our elderly loved ones needs evolve.
Are you or your spouse prepared to handle your elderly loved ones transition into South Florida or your vacation home?
Angel Care Nurses understands that moving to in-home care can be a difficult change, especially for an elderly loved one who is determined to remain as independent as possible.
Here are a few tips to ease the transition for everyone involved.
Many senior adults take pride in their independence so admitting they might need help around the house can be difficult. They might be resistant to the thought of someone in their home on a regular basis, even if that person has their best interests at heart. Preparing both your vacation home and your loved one for in-home care is an important step toward a smooth transition and we're here to assist every step of the way.
In-home care can provide seniors with the ability to stay as independent as possible, while providing the safety and security they need. They can maintain all the comforts of home while benefiting from a part-time or full-time caregiver to assist them with day-to-day needs.
Talking about in-home care can be a tough subject. Approach the topic with patience and understanding:
- Emphasize the positive - Point out the many things your loved one can still do on their own. Talk about the importance of their freedom to make choices, and assure them that they will still be in charge.
- Get curious. Ask questions. Don't make assumptions - Ask your loved one what burdens they might want lifted. For example, do they worry about forgetting their medication? Would they like to have their meals prepared for them? Making decisions together can open the doors to change.
- Talk about what an Angel Care caregiver can do for them - From Meal preparation, medication reminders, rides to and from doctors appointments, light house keeping, ambulation, dressing/bathing to errands, feeding and toileting, Angel Care customized caregiving services can meet the evolving needs of your elderly loved one.
- Talk to the doctor - Sometimes hearing the encouragement of a physician can help overcome resistance to an in-home caregiver. At the very least, the recommendation can open doors to further discussion.
- Interview the caregiver together - Make the decision with your loved one. If they know their opinion is valued, they might feel more in control, and be more accepting of in-home care.
Preparing your elderly loved one for in-home care is the first step. Preparing your vacation home to help ensure their safety is the second step. These tips can make an enormous difference:
- Install anti-scald devices in showers and faucets
- Choose smoke detectors with strobe lights and vibrate features
- Select carbon monoxide detectors with a high sensitivity rating
- Install "grab bars" in the shower and bath
- Consider motion sensors and other security features that alert to a lack of motion
By involving your loved one in every step of the decision for in-home care, you are showing them how much their opinion matters. By preparing your vacation home, you are helping to ensure their safety and securing your own peace of mind.
Our reputation in providing personalized, compassionate and excellence in home health care is reflected in the satisfaction of our clients and has consistently ranked us the most trusted senior care service in South Florida.
Call us now for a free assessment 1-844-264-3522 and see how were transforming in- home health care by focusing on the needs of the entire family as well as those of the patient.
Let our Family Care for Yours,
- Angel Care Nurse Registry