At a certain point, you’ve got to make the decision: put your senior in a nursing home, or keep them close at home with home care.
And for seniors with Alzheimer’s, the decision can make all the difference to their health.
Why choose home care?
Nursing homes and day care centers can be stressful for older patients. Something about the new environments, strange smells, and different people often don’t sit well with seniors. This can be especially true for seniors with Alzheimer’s. Because it throws them into confusion.
For this reason, many seniors with Alzheimer’s and family caregivers of seniors with Alzheimer’s choose at-home care instead. Homecare allows Alzheimer patients to rest and relax in the comfort of their own homes. And the familiarity and security of a safe place they know, can really help seniors with Alzheimer’s, both emotionally and physically.
How does homecare work?
When you decide to let your senior stay at home, the first thing you’ll need to do is find a professional caregiver.
The easiest way to do so, is by signing up with a home care agency. At Aurora Home Care, we match your seniors’ needs with one or more of our highly experienced caregivers. Whether your senior needs nursing, therapy, meal preparation, housekeeping, care assistance or more –we offer it all to you.
Is my house okay for homecare services?
Almost any home can be made to work as a homecare house. Somethings to consider are:
Steps and ramps –You’ll need to be sure that your senior can get around the house on his or her own. Or at least around the part of the house they’re going to be using. At some point, a senior with Alzheimer’s may develop trouble with going up and down stairs. Especially if those stairs are a smaller part of a larger staircase. If this is the case, you’ll want to install easy ramps so that your senior can get to where they want to be.
Good lighting –It can get difficult for seniors to see as time passes. That’s why it’s important to make sure the house has good lighting. Particularly in the hallways and bathrooms.
Empty floors –Be sure to keep the floors clean. Not just dust and dirt, but from clutter. Seniors don’t always easily see small objects on the floor. And this can lead to falling accidents. Keeping the floors empty and tidy might sound small, but it can really make a big difference for your senior’s safety.
What else can I do to help my senior?
With at-home care covering your seniors’ basic needs, you’ll have more time to devote to other things for your senior. Like helping them with their memory.
Use your extra time to do puzzles, play memory games, and other productive exercises with your senior. You’ll be helping them keep their memories a little sharper, while also spending some nice quality time with them. Plus, games are fun.
You can consult your at-home caregiver for what games and exercises are recommended for your senior.