Your elderly parents, like so many others today, have decided that they would like to stay at home as long as possible-and perhaps until the end of their natural life. With the aging of the country, there is a growing trend. More and more people are choosing to stay in their homes instead of moving to assisted residences or nursing homes for necessary assistance. The good news is that if it can be a bit of a challenge to manage, with a little help and advice, you can help your elderly parents stay at home.
Breaking Down this Age Group
Aging trends: The Facts
The most dynamic segment of the American population today is the age group of 85-94 years.
The population of those who are 65 years of age and older has increased by 30% over the last ten years.
It is expected that the population over 65 years of age should rise from 35 million in 2000 to 71 million in 2030 when the baby boomers reach 65 years of age.
Many older Americans suffer from chronic illnesses.
More and more Americans aging people want to stay in their homes.
Benefits of Staying Home
Probably the biggest advantage of staying in your home for your parents is their happiness. After all, the home is where the heart is. This is the place where we are all more comfortable. For your parents, who have their favorite seats; They like to have a coffee in a special place in the house; They have control over their normal routine. Their Home is personal. It is not a “home-like ” Environment. So your parents are happier at home.
Other benefits of staying in their own home are as follows:
- Confidentiality (important to all of us) can be maintained
- There are fewer security issues to manage because your parents are familiar with their home
- Normal family life (including extended family) remains normal
- Your parents can keep their pets
- Home care costs are much less than institutionalization
- The risk of acquiring infections and other diseases in the event of exposure is minimized
Challenges of Keeping Parents Home
Although the house is the best place for your parents to be, they encounter some difficulties along the way. It is important to recognize some of the difficulties that can be felt while taking care of your parents at home. Some of the challenges are described here, and they need to be carefully considered.
Some adult children who live far from their parents and need to coordinate care from afar. Some families are struggling with limited financial or resource expenses. Adult children who live close to their parents will need to adjust the time between their own needs and manage the needs of their parents. There may be times when your parents need your presence or that of another night care provider for the days at a time. Adult children can discover lost work time and loss of income. Some changes may be necessary as you may encounter exhaustion of caregivers.
Safety tips for your aging parents:
- Keep all hallways and streets free of clutter
- Remove carpets and bridge cord
- Make sure that smoke detectors work
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the house at all times
- Place a rubber mat in the bath or shower to prevent falls
- Remove the old food from the refrigerator, if necessary
- Manage medications with a weekly box of pills or other drug delivery from the device
- Regular sight and hearing reviews to prevent accidents from hearing or visual sources program
- Have a method of communication in case of emergency (telephone, 911, peripheral alarm doctor).
Home delivery can also be useful
While your parents are still able to perform most of their daily chores on their own, the assistance of home care services offered can be very helpful. You will want to explore what types of services are available in the community delivered at home.
Find resources to help treat your parents at home
Let’s say your parents have reached a point where they need more help at home. Maybe they need some bathing help, housekeeping and some food preparation on a regular basis. This is the point that a home caregiver is needed. But where do you find such a person?
There are many ways to find a home care provider. Some people prefer to post an ad and interview and select the caregiver on their own. Others prefer to work through a home care agency that has these trained and available assistance.
Other community organizations that can help are your doctor, local hospital, area agency on Aging, your pastor, home health and palliative care organizations.