When you consider your responsibilities as a family caregiver it is likely that the first things that you think about are their physical needs, running errands for them, and giving them companionship and support. While these are all extremely important tasks, you should not forget that they may need assistance with other elements of their lives as well, namely, caring for their home. Maintaining a clean, fresh home environment helps your parent to stay healthy, both physically and mentally, and improves not only their safety but also the quality of the care that you give them.
Some things that you can do for a senior who needs help with caring for their home include:
- Identify their biggest challenges. Simply because your loved one has trouble with some of the tasks of taking care of their home does not mean that they have trouble with all of them. Talk to them about the biggest challenges that they have. This lets you help them to handle those specific challenges while encouraging greater independence with other tasks.
- Help them adapt. Having trouble doing household tasks the way that they always used to does not mean that they cannot do them in different ways. Identify the specific reason why specific household tasks are difficult for your loved one and work together to find ways to adapt those tasks so that your parent can still handle them. For example, if your parent cannot lift large containers of laundry detergent, consider transferring some into a smaller bottle so that they can handle it better.
- Create a schedule. Attempting to clean the entire house or handle all of the housekeeping tasks on the same day is overwhelming and can put additional stress on your parent, making it harder for them to handle any tasks. Create a schedule so that you and your parent can work on handling tasks throughout the week. This saves energy and allows your parent to focus on each task so that it is completed to the best of their ability without exhausting them.
Starting senior care for your elderly loved one can be one of the best decisions that you make in the course of your caregiver journey with them. A senior home care services provider can be with your parent on a schedule that is right for them, meaning that they are available to care for your parent when and as much as they need them, and however fits in with the care efforts that you already give. It is a common misconception that senior care is only for seniors who are dealing with serious challenges or who are very “old”. This, however, is not the case. Even if your aging loved one is still active and only has mild to moderate needs, they can still receive a wide variety of benefits from care. The highly personalized services of a senior home care services provider can act as a support system, helping your parent to save time and energy for the things that they want to do in life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Tanglewood, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
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