Caring for the elderly can be a challenge; however, there are things you and I can do that will give good care such as first determining the kind of care that your loved one needs. For example, if your loved one needs help taking care of the laundry, bathing or dressing, then a personal care aide or homemaker will do. However, if health care services are needed, health aides are qualified to take care of those needs. Besides taking care of the laundry and helping with bathing and dressing, they can also give out medications, change wound dressings and other medical needs.
Once you have decided on the level of care needed, it is important to decide how many hours of assistance will be needed. One question to ask is, “Will continuous care be needed or will my loved one only need someone to come in a few times a week in the morning to help bathe or run a few errands?
Another option is hiring a certified home health agency. This is a more expensive option but it is also convenient and effective. Another option is to hire someone. This option is less expensive and it gives you more control over who you hire.
Keep in mind; you can also find a care worker by asking for referrals from friends and family, hospital discharge planner or a doctor’s office. In addition, a quality agency that gives care in the home will train and supervise its workers and perform drug testing.
To conclude, taking care of the elderly is a challenge; however, there are things you and I can do that will give care for our loved ones such as first deciding what care that is needed. Talk with a healthcare specialist soon and find out other options that are available!