It’s your mom’s goal to live at home and not move to a new, unfamiliar location. You need to ensure that happens, but as her health changes, it’s getting harder. While you’ve heard of home care, you’re not exactly sure what it covers.
As your mom’s social circle shrinks, she often complains about being lonely. She has no one to join her on walks or join her on outings to museums, theaters, and other venues. She misses the social aspect of daily life.
Caregivers provide the companionship she wants. She can join her caregiver on a walk around a local park or forest trail. She has a caregiver to join her on outings to movies, plays, or museums. She doesn’t have to be home alone all day, every day.
Her home care provider can stop by and eat meals with her, and she has a caregiver in the house to watch movies with or play a board game. If she can’t drive, she doesn’t have to be stuck at home. Her caregiver can drive her to area businesses, senior centers, libraries, and stores.
Housekeeping and Laundry
Once a week, your mom’s caregiver can change her sheets, do the laundry, and put everything away. Your mom has fresh sheets, a bed that’s always made, and clean clothes.
Her caregiver can also vacuum and sweep the floors and wipe down counters and furniture to remove dust and grime. Your mom’s caregiver can take out the trash and recycling and get it to the curb for the trash company to pick up.
Meal Planning and Preparation
Instead of relying on frozen dinners, your mom’s caregiver helps her plan a weekly menu and prepare meals and snacks when it’s time. If your mom wants company when she eats, that’s fine.
Another aspect of meal planning is making sure groceries are available. Your mom and her caregiver can order groceries for delivery or go to the store together and shop for everything on her list.
Your mom has several pills to take, but she often forgets a dose. Her home care provider can remind her when it’s time. If she has to take a pill with a meal, her caregiver will help her get a beverage and snack or meal together. If she has to have her pills on an empty stomach, she’ll be reminded to eat before the meal is prepared.
Personal care services like oral care, showering, toileting, nail care, and skincare are also part of a home care menu of services. Your mom may need help trimming her nails, brushing and flossing her teeth, and getting dressed. Her caregiver is there to help out.
Does your mom often forget to schedule her appointments? Is she overdue an eye appointment or visit with her doctor? Her caregiver can remind her to schedule appointments in advance. If the medical office uses online schedulers, your mom’s caregiver can help her navigate the system.
Help your mom maintain her independence by arranging the home care services she needs. With the right care plan, you support her need for independence and the ability to live at home. Reach out to a home care specialist to discuss these services and prices.
For more information about how caregivers at La Jolla Nurses Homecare can help your aging parents stay in their own homes, call 858-454-9339. We are a home care agency providing quality and affordable Home Care in La Costa, CA, and the surrounding communities.
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