Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to make memories and spend quality time with your entire family, especially those who you have not been able to see often throughout the year. In your role as a family caregiver, however, it can give you a valuable opportunity to check in with your parent and make sure that they are doing well or start discussing needs that they might have and should be addressed. Simply taking the time to have meaningful, directed conversations with your senior during this time can provide you with valuable information that you can then use to alter your care routine or get further care and assistance for your parent.
Some of the conversations to have with your parent on Thanksgiving to evaluate their condition and their need for care include:
-How they are feeling and if they have any new or different symptoms or complaints.
-Any challenges that they might be having or difficulties that they are facing that might be diminishing their functioning.
-Problems that they have been having, such as memory loss or trouble keeping up with basic needs like paying bills or taking care of their home.
-Why you are noticing anything strange around the house, such as clutter, unpaid bills, or spoiled food, or anything such as them not bathing enough.
-How they feel about the possibility of home care and how it might benefit them.
-What else you might be able to do for them or how you could improve your care efforts, particularly if you live at a distance.
Can home care services help?
Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult can be extremely challenging, but fortunately home care is there for you. An elderly care provider can make a tremendous difference in your parent's quality of life, and in your life as well.
The highly personalized services of this care provider can ensure that your aging parent's individual needs, challenges, and limitations are met in ways that are right for them. This not only helps them to stay healthy, happy, comfortable, and safe, but also promotes greater independence, activity, and fulfillment as they age in place.
For you, this can ease your stress and allow you to step back some from your parent's care efforts, enabling you to focus on other needs in your life such as your children, your partner, your career, and yourself. This not only protects your health and well-being, but allows you to give the effort you can as effectively, efficiently, and meaningfully as possible.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring home care services in Bessemer, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner