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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

There's an Alternative to Assisted Living for Your Elder Parent

If you have an elderly parent or other elderly loved one, you may be considering confining them to a nursing home or other assisted living facility. While you likely find this decision heartbreaking, you also may not be aware of any alternatives. After all, the elderly develop greater care needs and can't attend to those needs themselves as well as they used to do. While there's no denying that your elderly loved one needs specialized care, an assisted living situation may not be your only alternative.

Another option to consider is consulting a home care agency Greenwich CT. Whether your elderly loved one only needs temporary care, following a surgical procedure, or needs long-term care, a home care aide may be the best solution. While these caregivers don't provide specific medical treatments, they are trained and qualified to deal with a number of medical conditions.
Home care aides can assist with patients suffering from these conditions:
  • Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia
  • Acquired brain injuries, such as strokes
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Additionally, each patient is different. Whether the individual is elderly, disabled, or suffering from a degenerative illness, you can customize the care your loved one receives. For instance, you may just need to provide daily companionship to your loved one and to ensure they don't injure themselves. This can often be enough to meet the needs of your loved one.

Some people need a higher level of care. They may need help performing personal hygiene practices, such as bathing and brushing their teeth, and they may need supervision to ensure they take their medications. You can also request that the care aide performs light housekeeping duties, helps your loved one run errands, and prepares meals.

One of the most attractive aspects of this type of service is that home care services let you customize the service your loved one receives. This ensures you're delivering the quality of care your loved one needs without having to confine him or her to an unfamiliar environment. They can stay home, where they will be happier and healthier, while still receiving the care they need.

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