Aging at home is your dad’s desire. He doesn’t want to downsize. You worry that his home is too much for him. Senior care services balance his desire to age at home and your fears that he can’t handle everything on his own. Here are six services caregivers offer that will help.
Several things can happen that prevent your dad from safely driving. His eyesight may diminish. If he’s on any prescription medications that cause dizziness or drowsiness, it’s unsafe for him to drive. If he’s had a stroke or seizure, he also can’t drive.
A caregiver can take over for him. He has a safe ride to a friend’s house. He has someone to take him to stores, museums, and restaurants. He has rides to and from his medical and dental appointments.
Years of living in the same house can lead to a lot of clutter. Your dad may not be as good at picking up the clutter as he used to be. He may never have been good about managing his clutter.
Caregivers can help him sort, recycle, and shred mail when it comes in. They can help him put away the items he buys at stores. He’ll also have help with the organization of his linens and clothing on laundry days.
When you start taking medications for the first time, it can be hard to remember. Your dad has medications he needs to take on time every day. If he’s forgetting, medication reminders are important. A senior care agency can schedule caregivers to be there to remind your dad it’s time to take his next dose.
Some older adults rely on quick meals like takeout, fast food, or frozen dinners. If that’s your dad, he may be making poor choices when it comes to nutrition. Some of these meals are high in sodium, saturated fat, and sugar.
Caregivers can plan and cook healthy meals for him. They can work with him to create a weekly menu, go shopping for groceries, and cook meals and snacks from that menu. They can also do the dishes and store leftovers after he’s eaten.
Housekeeping tasks that your dad doesn’t do well or doesn’t enjoy doing can be a thing of the past. He can have caregivers stop by to do the dusting, vacuuming, mopping, and tidying up.
If your dad is alone all day, he needs someone to talk to. Socialization is important to his mental and emotional well-being. Caregivers provide companionship services.
How do you hire a caregiver from a senior care agency? Make a call and have your family’s questions handy. The representative will walk you through the rest and answer any questions you do have.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Senior Care in Thousand Oaks, CA please contact the caring staff at Absolutely Able Home Care today. (818) 714-4026