In the fall of 2012, Hebrew SeniorLife gathered together geriatric thought-leaders, researchers and physicians for our inaugural "You and Your Aging Parents" program, an important discussion about the steps one should take to help aging parents as they make decisions regarding health and well-being. Overwhelmingly positive response indicates the need for this information and Hebrew SeniorLife continues to offer this program. Check our events listing for upcoming events.
In addition, we published expert advice from the first program in an ebook, “You and Your Aging Parents,” which Hebrew SeniorLife is offering as a free downloadable pdf. The discussion also inspired our “You and Your Aging Parents” blog series, a series that includes this blog post and covers the various issues and concerns you may encounter as you and your parent/s continue on the journey of aging.
How do I determine if my loved one should continue to live at home?
Determining if a senior can continue to live at home must be decided on a case-by-case basis factoring in the physical, mental and emotional health of the individual and how safe it is for the senior to live independently. For seniors with more serious medical conditions, home health care provides clinical care during recovery from an acute illness or while coping with a chronic illness or disability that limits mobility. Clinical care specialists can also evaluate your loved one’s home and recommend adaptive equipment or environmental changes that promote safety.
When support is required to feel safe at home managing daily tasks, private care services can offer a wide range of support from cleaning and laundry to bathing, dressing, errands/shopping, meal preparation, mobility assistance, medication management and companionship. Private care can also be combined with home health care to provide a comprehensive combination of services that cover the complete spectrum of medical, personal care and homemaking needs.
Continuing to care for a senior at home may no longer be safe when physical and/or mental challenges cannot be overcome or managed effectively with either home health care or private care services. Being observant of the home situation and maintaining constant communication with the home care provider will help determine if the situation is no longer an effective solution. Consulting your medical professional on what you observe and what home health care reports can also help you anticipate the need for a change before a more serious event occurs.
To download your copy of our “You and Your Aging Parent” ebook, visit our website, www.agingredefined.org.