As our loved ones' age we may begin to notice some of the common signs that long-term care will soon be required. Signs like not taking regular medication, declining personal care, reduced cooking/cleaning, or a trend towards improper nutrition and poor hygiene can all point to symptoms of larger conditions that may require personalized attention.
Long-term care often involves the most intimate aspects of people’s lives—what/when they eat, personal hygiene, using the restroom and even more specific tasks like preparing a meal or answering the telephone. Those who chose in-home care agencies for their long-term needs do so for a number of reasons. Chief among these is the desire to have their loved ones attended to in the privacy and comfort of their own home. Dealing with a licensed, bonded and insured agency offers, not only a layer of protection, but also a level of confidence—as they are able manage many aspects of the process like withholdings and staffing.
If you've made the decision that in-home care is the best option for your loved one, implementing an effective schedule with the right private duty agency can facilitate things for them and provide some much needed comfort for you.
Home by Choice's goal is to provide the support our clients need to remain in the comfort of their home while also being respectful of their privacy and dignity. Determining the ideal schedule for care can help your home-care agency achieve this goal and make the transition as seamless as possible. Coordinating medical appointments, medication times, sleeping patterns, and social activity are just a few of the many aspects of everyday life that deserve careful thought and planning. For this reason, a major component of our free consultation is determining your loved one's’ current and upcoming needs and creating a plan to meet them.
Prior to your consultation creating detailed daily/weekly/monthly lists can go a long way in helping your caregiver create the optimal schedule for your loved one. Think about including things like waking and sleeping patterns, naps, medications and medication times, meals, bathing or hygiene, favorite activities, necessary chores, upcoming events or appointments and anything else that might come up on a regular basis. Be as detailed as possible as this will provide a window into your loved one's life and ultimately help us provide exceptional, personalized care.
We look forward to the opportunity to serve you in this delicate transition. Please feel free to contact us as we are glad to assist in any way we can.