If you are planning to have your mother move in with you so you can look after her, it might feel as though everything is going to be just fine, easier, even. In reality, though, if your mother has any difficulty with basic mobility, requires assistance with any number of basic tasks throughout the day, that will certainly follow her into your house. In fact, as people rely on assistance, even those who may have been reluctant at first, they often find comfort in that and begin calling on support over and over again.
You might actually discover your mother asking for more help as a result.
This might be just fine with you. You may have a spouse, some children in the house who may be able to assist her, or simply feel more comfortable in your own environment, but are you able to be there for her around-the-clock?
In other words, will she be safe every minute of every day?
If she is unsafe at home when you aren’t available to help her, what does she tend to do? She may avoid certain tasks, take her chances and do the best she can, or may call on friends or neighbors for help, when available.
If you work or have a tendency to be out of the house frequently, what is she going to do then?
Also, you need to consider what she may have to contend with in the middle of the night if she has to get out of bed to use the bathroom. First, she’s not going to be as familiar with your home as she is with her own. You need to make sure there is adequate lighting, but what if she has difficulty navigating the stairs, swinging her legs out of bed, or even getting down onto and back up from the toilet?
What happens if you work and no one’s around to help her?
As you may be able to see now, the challenges a person faces don’t necessarily end just because they move in with an adult child or other family member. The challenges certainly shift, and that’s why it is still prudent to consider home care aides to supplement the assistance you, as a family caregiver, are offering.
Just because seniors move in with other family as they begin to struggle with her own basic care doesn’t mean that’s all they will require.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in Boca Raton, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112. Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.
“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.
Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.
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