There are many mental and physical changes that our loved ones must contend with as they get older. These changes often need to be properly monitored and managed, so as to ensure that an aging loved one can continue to lead a life that is as independent and happy as possible. This may mean mom and/or dad needing assistance with their daily routines and activities through the help of an aide.
Alzheimer’s, Aging and Needing Assistance:
Getting Mom and Dad The Daily Help They Need
Increasingly deeper smile lines, gray hairs, not being able to move as quickly as before, losing physical strength, joint pains (sometimes due to arthritis), osteoporosis and other symptoms, are all popularly understood to be among the early physical signs of aging. Struggling to complete their usual daily tasks and routines due to forgetfulness and memory lapses, not being able to recognize and remember loved ones, misplacing items and perhaps blaming others for removing them, and becoming easily confused, are all early warning signs of the condition Alzheimer’s (a popular form of Dementia) affecting mental health affecting persons as they age. Once these sorts of symptoms or warning signs begin to show up in a significant way, or in combinations (that is, more than one of them being present at once) in an aging loved one, then perhaps it may be time to get some extra help through a qualified aide.
An aide, in essence, is a helper that can be very useful in assisting an aging loved one manage their daily lives. Their assistance is often companionship based care as opposed to medical.
Of course, having the right kind of aide is important. It is often a delicate balance between being assured that mom and/or dad is in good hands and getting the assistance needed, and mom and/or dad feeling as if their independence has been compromised (thereby remaining confident and secure in spite of the challenges associated with their senior years).
How To Go About Acquiring The Needed Assistance
Finding an aide to assist your mom, dad or other aging loved one will take a bit of research and patience. This is as there are several companies and organizations providing a myriad of senior companionship care options that one can choose from. As the options are many and varied, it is important to weigh the pros and cons carefully so as to find the best possible fit for you and your loved one(s). You can start assessing the available options by first conducting simple localized web searches (using keywords such as “daily senior care YOURCITY” for example) which will help you find the options closest to you. These options can thereafter be assessed using a number of factors. From your search results, you can compare:
– costs (remembering that more expensive is not necessarily better, and cheaper is not necessarily a bargain of sorts – costs should be weighed in light of what is being offered in terms of services, the budget you are working with and what your needs are)
– the realities of your unique situation and the needs of your loved one (consider in particular how much assistance will they need in light of their daily challenges)
– the verifiable reputation of the various service providers (bear in mind that not all service providers are created equally – some providers are more reputable than others, ensuring that their aides are competent and properly trained, for example, and that prospective customers can easily find reliable references)
– the actual services being offered (consider that some senior care options can be offered in the comfort of your loved ones home for example, which may be a preferred option when compared to having your loved one in a home)
– customer service (if you have questions, you should be able to have them answered to your satisfaction)
Our licensed service, Miami Home Care Services matches fully screened, highly qualified and certified home care aides with seniors in the Miami-Dade county area. You can reach us at (305) 749-0445 and get the help you need for your aging loved one.