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Helpful Tips When Caring For An Aging Parent

If there’s one thing we’ve learned at Santé, it’s that no two clients experience the aging process in the exact same way. For this reason, we aim to customize all seasons of care to each client’s unique and individual situation.

Many of our clients are able to stay at home receiving the care they need from loved ones for some time before assistance from professional caregivers is required. With these tips in mind, you can keep your loved one safe, comfortable, and independent at home as long as their health and condition allow.

  1. Take care of yourself. In order to provide the best care to your loved one, you must first care for your own physical, mental, and emotional needs. This may seem like your last priority, but taking special care to nurture your own relationships and participate in activities you enjoy will keep you in the best frame of mind to help your loved one. Having a backup caregiver in place can ensure you have the opportunity to disconnect and recharge routinely.
  2. Promote independence. As your loved one ages, he or she may lose the ability to complete daily activities independently. This transition can be very challenging for your loved one. Naturally, they have established regular routines and preferences and may feel as if they are losing control over their own schedule, personal cares, and even dignity. Never assume your loved one is unable to complete a task without first giving them the opportunity to try. Provide only the amount of assistance they need to be successful. By allowing your loved one independence in the areas in which they are able, you can help them maintain their sense of self-respect and control.
  3. Know how much is too much. Involve your loved one’s care team when evaluating their safety and health at home. Take recommendations to bring in professional help seriously.
  4. Make safety a priority. Consider making small changes to the home to ensure your loved one is not at risk of falls or injuries. Some suggestions include to keep hallways and bathrooms well-lit at night, get rid of area and welcome rugs, and install handrails near the stool, along stairways, and in the shower.

To learn more about caring for your loved one at home or to make arrangements for in-home care, contact us at Santé.

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