If you have an elderly parent still living on their own, when is the right time to broach the subject of in-home support? Even if you offer your support where you can, this a lot of responsibility on your shoulders trying to juggle your own family life with the needs of an elderly parent.
The reality is that as your parent(s) age, their health and cognitive abilities are most likely to decline with time, putting increased pressure on you and your siblings to offer support. This is where it may be time to think about live-in caregiving so that your parent(s) receive the care and undivided attention they deserve.
It’s simply not enough to just be alive and exist. Our elderly loved ones deserve a quality of life that’s worth living for too, and this is where a live-in caregiver can make all the difference. Ultimately, having a positive view on life can also boost energy and appetite, reduce stress and delay cognitive decline in seniors
If a parent(s) reaches a point where everyday tasks, activities and personal care become cumbersome or compromised, live-in caregiver support becomes crucial.
A live-in caregiver offers your loved ones four important areas of support:
- Daily living essentials
- Reassurance and wellbeing
- Independent living at home
Ultimately, these four areas of support make for a better quality of life for your parent(s) as they can focus on other areas of their life that bring them purpose and joy.
What does your elderly loved one gain?
- Plenty of free time to enjoy their hobbies, social activities and much needed rest
- Lowers levels of stress with regards to tasks and errands which need to be completed
- Reduces their risk of injury and falls associated with physical chores and activities at home
- Boosts feelings of independence, self-esteem and dignity by living in a clean, organized home and a clean, put-together appearance.
Aside from this, a live-in caregiver is also qualified to offer medical support should it be required. Many live-in caregivers double as live-in nurses who can administer medications, medication monitoring and provide physical therapy.
Making the decision to invite a live-in caregiver into your own life and that of your parent(s) is not to be taken lightly. There is much to consider, but ultimately the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to quality of life for your loved one – and this is what matters most!