If you are already getting close to retirement and contemplating a change of career or home health care, here are some great tips for living a “home-based” life and keeping seniors safe. Remember that the most important consideration for a caregiver is the safety of those you are caring for. Protecting seniors is very important.
For one thing, being home-based can be a good thing. Some caregivers are so busy that they have few or no other social contacts with the rest of the world. As a result, they do not know the behavior patterns and habits of the people they are caring for. Or they could just be in the wrong place at the wrong time, so be careful!
Make sure the senior you are caring for does not need help with the stairs, for example. They may need assistance moving from one room to another, but this should not be the first thing you do if the person does not have dementia. There are several home health care services that offer free and convenient assessments to help you choose the right services for your loved one. In most cases, the Alzheimer’s Association will arrange a free initial assessment that allows you to determine what needs to be done to keep the senior safe. Remember, you are just protecting the person from the consequences of mistakes.
A good Alzheimer’s Association service will give you a free assessment, then you can discuss options with a trained professional. Keep in mind that if your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, it is probably a good idea to maintain them as independent as possible until their new care provider is established. The Alzheimer’s Association is now offering protection services for many more years.
Talk to the senior about the health care needs for them and how you would address those needs. Many seniors need help with bathing, dressing, grooming, and eating. Or, they may need assistance with some of the functions of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and eating. When there is an issue that requires more time than others, it is important to let them know, and be clear about expectations for them.
Even with an Alzheimer’s care program, it is still important to make sure the senior is still the primary caregiver, rather than letting them take on their own duties while you are gone. Maintaining that independence and taking on additional duties to make it easier will help keep seniors safe. Never leave a senior alone with a pet, for example, because even though the pet might be trained, they might still not know how to behave around a senior.
If your loved one is still living independently at home, it may be easier to be with them at all times, especially if your health care provider or caregiver is your spouse or another family member. If the senior is still working, consider the ability to arrange regular visits for just the two of you, so you can stay in touch. Your loved one will be more inclined to want to go out and meet other people when they can see you, rather than having someone else do it for them.
Good caregivers make sure their seniors have lots of opportunities to keep them safe, as well as to find other activities. You should also let them know what is expected of them if they decide to go out and live independently. Follow these tips and watch your loved one stay independent and safe.