For children of seniors, it can feel overwhelming at times to provide the quality of care they wish for their parents single handedly – especially in addition to their every day work, home, and other familial responsibilities.
Add to that seniors rarely tell their children when they need extra assistance, making it difficult to tell when parents need professional help. Children of seniors should be on the lookout for warning signs that some intervention may be needed, such as forgetfulness (especially of medications), decreased level of hygiene, self isolation, and poor nutrition.
Dan Clem, Director at Friendship In-Home Services, says the key is to really listen and observe.
“Being active with physicians, church people, and friends are all excellent ways to gain insight into how their parent is really doing,” Clem said.
But just because a parent needs some extra help, doesn’t mean moving to a retirement community with round the clock care is always the best solution. Sometimes an in-home care service is a wise alternative.
Whether it is just for one afternoon or several days a week, Friendship In-Home Services highly trained and qualified staff alleviates worry by providing seniors with proper care and frequent communication of the senior’s health status to their children.
Depending on the unique needs of the patient, Friendship In-Home Services offers the following services:
• Transportation to and from appointments and social gatherings
• Running small errands
• Light cooking and house keeping
• Medication reminders
• Hygiene assistance
Contact us for more information on our available services and options.