Nothing is quite as upsetting as learning that your elderly parent has suffered a fall, especially if this isn’t the first incident. Unfortunately, falls are all too common among older adults. In fact, the CDC reports that between one-third and one-half of all adults in the U.S. over the age of 65 will fall each year. The falls lead to fatal and nonfatal injuries amongst older adults.
When an elderly person falls, injuries are likely. In some cases, falls can even lead to accidental death. Although repeated falls can sometimes be a coincidence, they are often a sign that mom or dad needs more help than you can provide.
Is it Time for In-Home Help?
Home care professionals can provide elderly individuals with both medical and non-medical assistance. This allows elderly individuals remain living in their own home safely and comfortably. Having an in-home care professional in your parent’s home also provides you with peace of mind because you will know that your loved one isn’t alone and in danger.
Transitioning to In-Home Care
Transitioning to in-home care can be challenging for elderly individuals who want to retain their independence. Here are tips to help you adjust their current lifestyle to one with in-home help.
1. Broach the subject gently.
When you begin the discussion of in-home care with your parent, plan your words carefully. Make it clear that you are not trying to avoid your own responsibility for your parent, but that you are simply worried about his or her safety. Listen to your parent’s objections or concerns, and address each with respect and compassion.
2. Discuss what in-home care will encompass.
In many cases, you will be able to decide what tasks your in-home care provider will perform, what hours they will spend with your parent and what responsibilities your parent will retain for his or her own care. Discuss all of these issues with your parent and involve him or her in the development of a plan for in-home care.
3. Keep your loved ones routine the same.
Before in-home care begins, explain your parent’s usual routine to the in-home care provider. Ask the provider to stick to this routine as much as possible in order to avoid introducing too many changes at one time.
4. Begin in-home care gradually.
When transitioning your loved one to in-home care, make the change as gradual as possible. If you have been caring for your parent on your own, consider being present during the first few sessions of in-home care. During this time, allow the in-home care provider to take on more and more responsibility for your parent’s care each day.
No one wants to admit that they need help. However, if your parent has fallen multiple times or shows other signs of needing additional assistance at home, it may be time to consider other options. With in-home care, seniors can remain living in their own homes safely and comfortably with our help.