Planning on to Moving Your Ageing Loved Ones Into Your Home? Factors to Light on Before You Commit Yourself to Them!
At some point in life, you may face the reality of looking after your ageing parents or loved ones. About one in five British, or 17%, are caring for someone who is in their 50s or older. One choice is moving them into your home. However, how will you know if this is the right decision for you and your busy growing family? You need some time to sleep over this consideration while reflecting on many key questions discussed below –
What sort of care will your elderly parents require at home
Before you finalise on your idea to move them into your house, factor in their current physical and mental health. Are they comparatively independent and healthy, requiring only minimal care? If so, having them in your home will allow you and your growing family a chance to rekindle with them.
It is mostly health issues behind the transition and so assessing their medical needs will be one of your main duties. This will probably mean keeping tabs on their medical appointments, chronic conditions, managing medication or even assessing their pain levels. All these tasks require a professional level of understanding and hands-on skills to carry out. This is why live-in carers are commonly recommended for families who are thinking to look after their ageing parents or loved ones.
But, anyway, before you move them into your home, it’s smart and wise to talk to their doctors to get a brief as to how they are now and what should be their health condition in future. Besides, you will also want to ask yourself some basic questions as well – such as – how are you planning to take care of your loved ones with growing children at home and their ever-evolving needs? Moreover, if your loved ones are dementia patients – make sure you can be around them at all times because that’s what a dementia patient needs – familiar faces, familiar environment.
Evaluate how much supervision and assistance you will be able to provide –
When you determine whether this transition will be a smart decision for you and your family, it is also imperative to –
Take into concern your schedule and needs
In case your loved ones need help getting out of the bed, preparing mal or even using the bathroom, will you be able or willing to do so?
Be realistic and proactive
Do your loved ones have a deteriorating or progressive health condition? If they have a deteriorating health condition, they will need more of your time, energy and attention. They will need you at all times to provide for them.
Determine your limits
If your loved ones require assistance with daily activities, for example, dressing and bathing, will you be comfortable enough to perform these personal tasks for them? Well, a majority either do not want to or they simply do not have time for performing these time-taking tasks. This is where live-in carers come to the rescue.
For your information – live-in carers are the trained, and certified professionals who have taken care people with a medical condition as your loved ones for years and they know how they would like to lead their life independently.
You can also consider asking yourself these following questions –
Do you anyone at home who can look after them while you are at work?
You might not always be around to help your loved ones when they need assistance while moving from a bed to chair, for instance, or using the bathroom.
Do you have kids at home?
Assess if moving your ageing loved ones into your home affects them. Are your kids grown enough to help you assist your parents or with the house chores?
Are you working?
If so, will you be able to spare some time for looking after them? Having a flexible schedule will always help if an emergency takes place or even if you have to assist with medication administration, transport or running errands.
How will considering an at-home carer help here?
At-home carers, as aforementioned, are trained and certified professionals, who have hands-on experience in live in dementia care services. They not only administer medicines for them or assist them using the bathroom – they become their mental and emotional companion over time. On request, some live-in carers read them stories or newspapers as well.
Mental support is imperative for an individual living in their golden age with a chronic medical condition such as dementia. Even if your ageing loved ones do not have any such chronic medical condition, they still can use some familiarity when it comes to their daily companions and living environment.