Ensuring that an aging parent, or someone you love who is coping with an illness or disability is safe at home can be stressful and overwhelming. Here is the first step to consider when arranging care for an aging parent.
Identify your biggest concerns.
- Are you worried about Mom remembering to take her medications?
- Are you concerned about Dad going for his daily walks alone since he can get confused and has been lost before?
- Are you worried about whether your parents are safe using the stove?
- Identify what it is that keeps you up at night, and this will help you to ensure that the home care services you arrange are going to meet their needs, and your expectations.
- Try to be as specific as possible. Are you concerned because Mom is wearing the same clothes for a week at a time? Have you noticed that she has lost weight? Are you concerned that Dad refuses to stop driving?
- You may have multiple concerns. Write down your observations and your main concerns. You don’t need to be able to come up with all of the solutions on your own. Your detailed observations can help professionals to determine the extent of the change, the urgency of the concern, and potential solutions.
- If you are wondering if someone you love needs help, you can read more here.