As they grow older, nine out of 10 people want to age at home. It’s never easy admitting that an aging parent may need extra support to remain safely in their own home. Watching a loved one who used to care for you—the one you went to for support and who was there when you needed them—now struggle to care for themselves at home is heartbreaking. But you do have options to help Mom or Dad continue to age in place.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”
Nurses & Company’s Private Services, POWERED BY HONOR, is dedicated to helping an aging loved one maintain independence and remain safely in their home.
Who should consider Private Services?
Private Services are designed to provide that helping hand for your loved one’s daily activities. Private Services can help safeguard your loved one and help them age in place as long as possible. This may be the answer when your loved one is struggling with personal care, mobility, or keeping up their home. Also, living with a chronic illness, evidence of falling, and signs of mental confusion are key indicators that additional help in the home would be beneficial. Private Services professionals can assist with all of these and also help ensure proper nutrition and medication administration. One of our recent blog posts, 10 Signs an Aging Parent May Need Extra Support, can help you further understand when Mom or Dad may need extra support.
What does Private Services include?
Private Services can include:
- Aides who help with meal preparation and light housekeeping
- Assistance with grooming, dressing, oral hygiene, and continence
- Caregivers who help with walking, getting in and out of bed, and safety supervision
- Help with medication setup and reminders
- Special support for Alzheimer’s and dementia care
- Assistance with transportation
- Advanced Care Coordinators who align patients with community resources
Private Services can help ensure that your loved one has the support and assistance they need to stay safely in their home. Nurses & Company Private Services also allows family members to regain peace of mind knowing that a highly trained professional is not only caring for Mom or Dad but becoming your “eyes and ears” in the home.
Our highly skilled team can also help manage long-term illness by helping an aging parent learn to identify symptoms, manage medications, and cope with the emotional toll that accompanies illness and injury to finally regain peace.
How to get care
When considering gaining an extra layer of care in the home for Mom or Dad, it’s good to begin with an understanding of how much care is needed. In most cases aging parents don’t want to be a burden to their adult children, so, they may reassure you that they are doing well.
You can begin by getting a realistic view of how they are faring at home and then creating a list of specific areas where Mom or Dad may need help on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. The next step is to help your aging loved one feel comfortable accepting additional support. Talking to your aging parent about getting support can be a tough conversation to have. We have some insights that can help make this important conversation go more smoothly. Here are eight ways to encourage your aging parent to get help.
At Nurses & Company, we understand how overwhelming the process of finding the right care for your loved ones can be. One call to our friendly staff can help you understand and navigate the options available. Our advanced care planning team is here to help; we’re locally owned and have served families in our community for almost 30 years.
We’re here to help care for Mom or Dad when they need us most.