Choosing in-home care for your elderly loved one can be difficult, as there may be varying health issues to consider. The first step to take will likely be determining which kind of care specifically fits his or her needs. Here’s some information on a few common types of home care.
You can help your loved one prevent depression and anxiety by arranging for home care that allows him or her to age in place. New surroundings and loud noises can be scary for seniors with Alzheimer’s, and being around unfamiliar objects and people can cause more stress, which can make the disease progress. Being placed in an assisted living facility may cause your loved one to be more disoriented, but the familiarity of home can make daily life less confusing and stressful.
The home care needs of a senior with Alzheimer’s can vary considerably, from help with remembering to take medication and running errands to around-the-clock care. In the early stages of the disease, your loved one may require less assistance and not necessarily welcome the help, but a professional caregiver may be needed in the advanced stages.
Every senior living with Alzheimer’s deserves high-quality Alzheimer’s care. Auburn families can rely on the caregivers at Home Care Assistance to keep their loved ones safe while managing the symptoms of the disease. Using our Cognitive Therapeutics Method, our caregivers help seniors regain a sense of pride and accomplishment while promoting cognitive health.
One of the best things a family caring for a senior with diabetes can do is learn everything possible about the latest medical treatments available. Also, surround your loved one with a team of experts who can help him or her adapt to changing needs.
Treatment starts with lifestyle changes. Eating healthy, losing weight, and increasing physical activity can control type 1 diabetes and greatly reduce the progress of type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle changes are complemented by medications that control high blood pressure, glucose levels, and cholesterol while preventing strokes and heart attacks. Your loved one’s healthcare team will set goals, monitor health numbers, and help your loved one address this disease.
For diabetics experiencing higher levels of complications, including amputation, neuropathy, and uncontrolled blood sugar levels, the type of care necessary may include assistance with household tasks, errands, and medication reminders. Your loved one may also require transportation to specialist visits for endocrinology, nutrition, or wound care.
Seniors can face a variety of age-related challenges. Though some families choose to take on the caregiving duties, there may come a time when they need a trusted in-home care provider. Families sometimes need respite from their duties so they can focus on their other responsibilities, and some seniors need around-the-clock assistance that their families are not able to provide. Home Care Assistance is here to help.
If your loved one uses a walker or wheelchair, home care can simplify life, especially if he or she is unaccustomed to physical limitations. By having a caregiver there to coach and assist, the care can either be geared toward making life easier in the long run or toward overcoming limitations. If your loved one is likely to regain mobility, such as after a hip replacement, the latter strategy may be preferred.
Reduced mobility doesn’t negate a senior’s need to exercise, which can boost quality of life and lower the risk of depression. Working out is essential for all seniors, including those with reduced motor functions. Your loved one may not be able to twist into different positions, but he or she can continue to increase strength and flexibility by doing exercises such as chair yoga. The techniques are based on individual abilities and can enhance mental clarity and reduce stress.
Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of home care service. Auburn families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet their elderly loved ones’ unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. Home Care Assistance will work with you to customize a care plan that’s just right for your loved one’s needs. Call us today at (334) 744-7100 to discuss how we can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved one is being cared for with professionalism and compassion.