It can be tough knowing what the right thing to do is when it comes to taking care of your parents or grandparents as they get to the stage where they can't live fully independently. Not only is it tough to recognise that you are in that stage, as most people struggle to recognise any downward trajectory of their parents, but when you do there are so many questions about which avenue you should take. While many think nursing homes are the natural progression, in actual fact there is a slew of other options out there, and in-home senior care is one of the most popular ones.
Connection To The Past
Most older Australian's have worked very hard to own their own property and have most likely lived in it for decades at this point. Moving not only can be very confusing for them but also is something they are staunchly against because it feels as though a part of them is being torn away. In-home senior care allows them to keep living in their home that they are so comfortable with while providing the supervision and help that they need to remain healthy and active for many years to come.
Most of the time, in-home senior care workers are treated more like friends than service workers when they arrive because they develop a very clear friendship with their clients. Older Australian's might not have a lot of younger friends, so being fawned over by people who are eager to see them in good health is a very nice feeling. This relationship goes both ways as well, with many people in aged care work doing it because they love to help out or have a personal connection with the industry, and that shows in their work.
Everyone's needs will be different as they get older. Some will need help with cleaning themselves in the slippery conditions of a bathroom, while others might need help with food and cooking. Some need nothing more than a helper to keep their house clean so they don't forget! Whatever your loved one needs, their in-home care can be customised to their needs so that they still have all the independence they deserve while getting a helping hand with the parts of their life they need a bit of support for. It will be hard to imagine how you ever survived without your in-home carer after you have had one for a while!
If you think that in-home senior care is the best option for you, contact a health care provider in your area.