There are so many books, apps and guides to help you learn how to raise your kids but there’s comparatively little guidance about the other caring responsibility that many of us face in our middle years – caring for ageing parents.
How do you tell if your parents would benefit from in-home aged care? And how on earth do you suggest it to them?
What Is In-Home Aged Care?
In-home aged care is help that comes to your parents’ home. It takes many forms depending on your parents’ needs but can include:
- Meal preparation
- Help getting in and out of bed
- Help with showering to maintain personal hygiene
- Allied health and therapy services
- Cleaning and home maintenance
- Modifying their home to make it safer with rails, ramps and shower chairs
- Transport and services to enable them to continue social activities and get to medical appointments.
Suggesting In-Home Aged Care to Your Parents
The best way to approach this really depends on your parents and your relationship with them. Some people are very open to new ideas; others take time to warm up. Some parents have already begun to recognise the need for help while others don’t see it yet.
Pick a time when you’re all likely to be relaxed and able to talk without being interrupted. Suggest ideas and options but maintain an open attitude and listen to things from their point of view. Don’t push it at first; you can always raise the topic again in a few days or weeks.
One option is a trial of in-home aged care. Your parents may be surprised at how helpful they find it. And if it’s not quite the right fit, maybe a different type of service or a different caregiver could help.
How Focused Health Care Can Help
The question of whether in-home aged care is right for your parents also depends on finding the right provider. At Focused Health Care, we enjoy getting to know each individual client and learning about their lives.
We provide a range of services to help older people continue to enjoy life in their own home. Our flexible solutions are tailored to your parents’ needs and we try to send the same carers so your parents can get to know them and feel comfortable. If you’d like to learn about how Focused Health Care may be able to help your parents at home, then please contact us today.