Mom wants to age at home, but you’re having mixed thoughts. You want her to be happy, but you worry about her being alone every day. Here are the most common problems adult children face when it comes to a parent aging at home.
Transportation Problems Arise
As your mom ages, there will come a time when she can no longer safely drive herself to stores, appointments, or friends’ houses. You’ll have to arrange transportation for her or take time off of work to drive her around. You may find yourself running out of personal days, especially if your mom has multiple appointments each month. Hiring a caregiver for transportation may be a good solution.
Issues with Loneliness and Isolation
Is your mom calling you multiple times a day? She may be lonely. It’s common for elderly people to feel isolated as friends move away. If your mom no longer drives, she cannot get around to visit friends without having a ride. She may be at home more often, which adds to her feelings of isolation.
Regular visits can ease some of her loneliness, but she would also benefit from a companion. Home care services are happy to arrange companionship for seniors who are lonely or isolated.
Preparing Meals is a Hassle
If your mom doesn’t like to cook, she’s more likely to stick to packaged, less healthy options. If she has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, she may be forgetting to turn off the stove or oven. If that’s the case, you cannot leave the gas on or allow power to go to the range. Home care services can arrange to plan menus with your mom’s nutritional requirements in mind and prepare those meals for your mom.
Concerns With Safety
Now that mom’s aging at home, you worry about her falling and not having anyone notice it for days or even weeks. A medic alert system can help with that. You should consider hiring a caregiver if your mom struggles with mobility though. If she likes to take walks, but cannot walk outside without a supportive device, a caregiver can help with mobility. Senior care services can also look at your mom’s living arrangements and point out areas that need attention. Brighter lighting, more traction on stairs, and handrails are all safety features that can help improve safety.
Call a home care service today. Experts can walk you through the best options for your mom’s needs.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Lancaster City,PA contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller. Mary Lynne is a Google Verified Author
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