Elder care is a challenge for many individuals and families throughout the country. To properly address this challenge, we at Coastal Home Care suggest having a safety net put in place for when your parents or grandparents are no longer able to fully care for themselves.
Our team of highly-trained nurses has provided numerous forms of care, including hospice care, medication management, companion care, and attentive post-operative care, all for residents and families throughout Sussex County, DE.
Here are five essential tips you should follow when caring for the elders in your family:
Establish a Support System
The very first thing we recommend you should do is to build a support system: a group of reliable individuals besides yourself that will promptly and adequately assist in caring for your loved one. This system can include other members of your immediate family, relatives that live in the area, or close friends.
Work together to form a potential schedule that provides adequate coverage of your loved ones’ daily activities, ensuring they always have a companion and transportation. If your support system includes many individuals, but with little time to permit in directly assisting in elder care, consider pooling your financial resources in order to hire an in-home caregiver.
Although it may seem intrusive, be alert to potential behavioral and physiological changes in your loved one.
This can be difficult, since nearly every elder desires to maintain their full independence for as long as possible, and may try to hide any changes that could cause them to lose it.
Closely observing their condition can ensure you and your support system provide the appropriate care before any sort of crisis situation that might occur.
Proper nutrition is often difficult to maintain for older people because they no longer have the stamina or ability to shop for groceries and cook their own meals.
This has led to many cases where they may skip meals or eat pre-made, processed foods that have less nutritional value than home-cooked meals.
Some solutions may include having a daily companion present to help them cook or provide weekly pre-prepared meals.
Ensure Home Safety
At a certain point in the aging process, we may be unable to move about our own homes without risking injuries from falling or slipping.
That is why it’s important to install numerous safety devices throughout your loved one’s home to ensure they do not end up injured.
These installations can include placing grab bars in each bathroom, in both the shower/bath and near the toilet, so that your loved one can keep their balance.
Also tape down any loose floor rugs to avoid slipping hazards, as well as place rubber mats in and outside your shower/bathtub. Find out more ways to ensure the safety of your loved ones by discussing your concerns with a professional elder care service.
Maintain Activity & Independence
While it’s important to be attentive and cautious, you should also provide ways for your elder to stay engaged and active in their daily routines.
Have them take time each day to exercise, whether it be a walk outside or by using low-impact exercise machines. This not only helps keep their health and standard of living high but also helps strengthen their mind and liven up their moods.
You should also allow them to maintain a sense of their own independence, whether it be giving them time to work on a hobby they still enjoy or take them out to various social, religious, or recreational events and gatherings they’ll enjoy.
Coastal Home Care: Experienced Post-Operative Care in Sussex County, DE
Following the tips above can significantly increase the chances of retaining or even improving the quality of life for your elder loved one. At Coastal Home Care, our trained and certified caregivers always cooperate with patients and their families, seeking ways to guarantee the comfort and contentment of their patients in living their daily lives. They are trained to provide personalized home care services, from attentive dementia and Alzheimer’s care, and sympathetic hospice support, to committed post-operative care. For over ten years, we have provided excellent home care support for elderly residents throughout Sussex County, DE, all of which have been highly-satisfied by our professional and compassionate nursing staff.
Contact us today at (866) 687-7307 and learn more about our services.