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Arranging for in-home care for an elderly member of the family is an important decision and requires a lot of preparation. Often, preparing for this change can be absolutely overwhelming. Preparing your elderly loved one for in-home care is the first step. Next, prepare the home. Consider these little "extras" that 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
Once you’ve made the choice to provide in-home care for an elderly member there will be many things you need to take care of. At first, your decision may overwhelm you and create a lot of stress.
with advanced planning, this stress can be easily alleviated. Here
are some tips to help make
the transition a pleasant experience for everyone involved.
The very first step is to accept that a change is coming.
Depending on the level of care you may experience dramatic changes to your lifestyle, or negligible ones. In either case, you and your family need to accept and embrace the change that in-home care will bring, not expecting things to remain exactly as they were before.
Speaking of family, it is most critical to discuss all decisions surrounding in-home care with members of the family since they will be affected by it as well.
Consider having monthly family meetings so that issues regarding the in-home care can be addressed and everyone’s opinions and concerns can be voiced. Make sure responsibility is divided equally so that no one person is stretched beyond their limits. Knowing where all your family members stand in terms of in-home care will allow you to anticipate and properly prepare for any challenges that may arise along the way.
In terms of physical surroundings, you will soon realize that you might need certain modifications to make in-home caregiving easier.
You will first need to eliminate clutter.
Having a messy environment in general makes it hard to get things done. Obstructed pathways pose a safety risk for your elders, and so having an organized and clutter free environment is key.
Sometimes you might
need to implement home modifications and repairs to make
it more comfortable for your loved one. This could be anything
from installing a walk-in bath tub
to facilitate easy bathing, to
installing a ramp for wheelchairs if necessary.
It is vital that you remember to take care of your own well-being through the entire process of providing home care. Caregiving in itself is very demanding, and can take a toll on anyone. A common side-effect of caregiving is neglecting oneself - and often this is only realized too late. Caregiving can take a toll on anyone. In the process of giving care, make sure not to neglect yourself. Allocate some personal time, and remember to eat and sleep well. Make sure to stay emotionally fit, and take a break every now and then, giving yourself the attention and care you rightly deserve.
Keeping the above considerations in mind should help you prepare for in-home care effective, and reduce any potential stress you might have. Ultimately, you will find that in-home care giving is a wonderfully fulfilling process - not only for your dearly loved elders, but also for you.
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