Live In Care Makes Aging in Place a Reality
Caring for an older loved one can seem like a full-time job, especially if they have specialized needs.
You’re not alone.
AARP recently reported that family caregivers can spend 40 hours a week tending to the needs of their loved ones. Over time, this level of commitment can become overwhelming, leading to fatigue and frustration in family members.
A live-in caregiver provides essential relief and peace of mind for family members who may be struggling to help their loved ones age in the comfort of home.
What is Live In Care?
Everyone deserves to enjoy the later years of life in their own home, but as we age, maintaining an independent lifestyle can become difficult.
A live in caregiver provides the highest level of assistance and supervision at home, precisely catered to meet all of a senior’s needs — including physical activity, personal care, nutrition and emotional health. Hiring a live-in caregiver supports the independent lifestyle we all deserve!
Here’s how live-in senior care can help older adults age in place:
- On-site assistance with personal care and hygiene
- Meal planning to support a healthy body
- Companionship and emotional support
- Physical therapy and exercise
- Keeping up with doctor’s appointments
- Monitoring medication schedule
How to Approach Your Loved One
Deciding that it’s time to get outside support for your senior loved one can be a difficult conversation.
Many adults who have been receiving care from a family member may be apprehensive about the idea of having an outsider come into their home.
Know how to give your loved one a voice and reassurance.
Understand that your loved one may have reasonable reservations about their care. It’s important to hear them out and be sensitive to what the are feeling.
This will may be the first of many conversations, so it’s important to be open about why you are choosing to hire a live in caregiver and allow room for your loved one to reach their own conclusions. Share your needs too, and reassure them that this is meant to help you both.
When you have decided it’s time for a live-in caregiver, it’s usually because there are signs in your loved one’s behavior that indicate you need additional support. Ask questions about these signs to help them reach the same conclusion.
Make it clear you are not abandoning them and that you love them. Sometimes, we all need a reminder that the ones we love are always there.