The aging process is different for everyone, and the complications seniors face may require very different levels of care at different stages. They may only require a hand with light housework like cooking and laundry or keeping their medications organized. Medication mistakes are one of the leading causes of hospitalization in the elderly. At home care can make sure that your parent is getting regular medication reminders to keep everything straight. The right homecare agencies allow you to specialize their services to your precise needs. You can design a plan that will be right whether your aging parent suffers from a terminal illness, chronic disease, cognitive disease, arthritis, or is recovering from a stroke. As your family’s needs evolve, your plan can evolve with it.
Elders who require more intense assistance might need help completing the activities of daily living (ADLs). ADLs include:
- Movement (such as walking) or transferring (i.e., from a bed to a wheelchair)
- Grooming (such as tooth brushing and bathing)
- Getting dressed
- Toileting (getting on and off, as well as cleaning)
Beyond these, there are also instrumental activities of daily living, which are no less important to quality of life:
- Transportation (driving or navigating buses or the C-Train)
- Shopping (including groceries, toiletries, clothes)
- Communication (using the telephone, which can be difficult when tremors are a factor)
- Cooking and housework
- Managing medications
When it comes to medications, it’s understandable that you want to be able to supervise. Technological advances in mobile devices have finally been integrated into eldercare, and it’s now easier than ever to be involved in a love one’s care, even from far away. Agencies like Calgary’s Mavencare have adopted mobile apps to give families live photo updates during scheduled visits from personal support workers. Through their app, you can make sure caregivers have detailed instructions about medications, as well as task lists to be completed throughout the visit such as exercise help or eating requirements.
At-home care is a great alternative to disrupting the lives of seniors who need assistance. You don’t have to sacrifice your own busy life to give your mother or father the best quality of life they can enjoy now that they need your support. To find out what level of service you may need and how you can make at home care fit your family, stop by Mavencare.com/calgary. Even if your loved one could just benefit from a few hours a week of companionship and social interaction, specialized care may be the solution you’re looking for.
Even if you aren’t able to be your parent’s principal caregiver, there are still plenty of ways to spend time with them in Calgary. Make time on the weekend to take them on a walk through Prince’s Island Park or along Stephen Avenue. They will appreciate the time you spend together, whether it’s dining out or just strolling arm-in-arm down the street. In the meantime, you can rest assured that your mother or father is in capable, compassionate hands with a Mavencare caregiver. It’s time to start talking about eldercare.