Independence is something that is treasured by virtually everyone. When we are young we crave being able to make our own decisions and do what we want to in life. As we grow older we continue to hang on to this independence by starting a family, pursuing a career and establishing a home away from our parents. While we are doing all this, however, it may not occur to us that it is actually our parents’ independence that could be threatened. Mobility and cognitive issues, as well as other medical concerns that are common with aging may cause your parents to worry that they will not be able to remain independent.
Though it may not be a topic that you are eager to discuss with your parents, it is important that you address the issue of elder care as soon as you start noticing that they may need more assistance with daily tasks. Sit down with them and talk about your concerns, as well as the different options for getting them the help that they need. Make sure that you are open to what they have to say about the situation rather than simply telling them how you feel and what you think needs to be done. You may be surprised at just how passionate your parents are about their independence. They may be truly terrified of the idea of leaving their home for an assisted living facility or nursing home. This is especially true if there are no assisted living facilities in the area that allow a couple with different needs to remain together.
If you find that your parents want to remain in their own home as long as possible, suggest in-home elder care. This type of care arrangement allows for seniors to stay in their own surroundings for much longer by having a home care companion come to the home and address a variety of physical, medical and emotional needs. A companion will encourage your parents to pursue an active and productive life with their help. They can provide transportation as well as mobility assistance to ensure that whatever your parents want to do, they will be able to do and then return home to their own familiar surroundings. Many seniors with this type of elder care are able to remain in their own home for the rest of their lives.
The caregivers at Great Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your senior care needs. Great Care is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable senior care in Indianapolis, IN and the surrounding areas. Call (317) 595-9933 for more information.