Family support is the critical aspect of elderly care. A spouse, child, or another family member can decide to become a caregiver and help the aging person meet their needs.
Although aging itself doesn’t have to be a reason to seek the care of the elderly, often, health impairments and injuries require round-the-clock care. Many seniors need assistance with anything from their daily activities and healthcare to housekeeping.
Also, your family member may experience dementia or other incapacitating conditions that make them more or less dependent on others. As a family member, you should ensure that your loved one gets proper care and keeps their independence for as long as possible.
Becoming a caregiver for the aging family member can be, at the same time, a rewarding and challenging experience. Understanding your loved one’s needs can improve care, alleviate stress, and prevent caregiver burnout.
Data shows that more than 15 million people in the US are informal caregivers for a family member with dementia. However, many family members decide to become paid caregivers to their loved ones.
If the aging adult requires assistance, you can also hire a formal caregiver such as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) to provide in-home care to the elderly family member.
Furthermore, think about home modifications that might make your loved one’s life easier. For example, home modifications allow seniors to age safely in place.
Make sure to improve safety at your aging parent’s home. Consider removing unnecessary furniture and declutter their home. Ensure that there is easy access to all rooms and that your parents’ house is bright, without dark corners.
Coordinate your care with other family members and create social inclusion opportunities for your loved one.