Caring for an older parent or relative can be one of the most rewarding and challenging things we do in our lives. While early preparation can help, adjusting to older loved ones’ physical and mental changes can be stressful. Take these four steps to make sure your loved one has what they need to be safe, healthy and engaged. Join our Caregivers Facebook Group today, and contact us here to learn about our aging in place service.
Step One: Download this checklist to determine the Activities of Daily Living and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living that your loved one can (or cannot) perform.
Step Two: Search for and interview up to three qualified professional homemaker/companion and care agencies in your state and region. Select one that answers these questions to your satisfaction. If your loved one lives in Massachusetts or Connecticut, AgingInPlaceToolkit.com’s list of home care agencies is a great place to start.
Step Three: Connect with a certified aging in place remodeling specialist who can evaluate and recommend ways to modify your loved one’s home to ensure their safety, mobility and independence.
Step Four: Care for yourself. Make time to do things every week that you enjoy – and that let you recharge your caregiving batteries. Actor Rob Lowe, a long time advocate for caregivers, urges those in caregiving roles to take some time for themselves, too. Read Rob’s take here.
Step 5: Make a plan for your own aging in place needs. Read You Take Care of Your Aging Parent But Who Will Take Care of You?
Need more support to manage an aging loved one’s evolving needs? AgingInPlaceToolkit’s advisors are available to help your family with ongoing counsel and active support. Join our Caregivers Facebook Group today, and contact us here to learn about our aging in place service.