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Need to Know

Evaluating Your Needs: Is it time to hire a caregiver for my elderly parents?

Are you constantly worried about taking care of your elderly parents?

1. Do you have loved ones that need constant care and attention?

2. Do you live in a continual fear that your phone might ring because your elderly parent has fallen?

3. Does your elderly parent call almost every hour just to “check-in”?

4. Are you worried that your mom or dad might be over-exerting themselves with housework?

As your parents grow older, having a caregiver to help care for them is a great source that can provide you with peace of mind. Caregivers can help provide assistance in every- day activities such as eating, bathing, and dressing, in addition to ensuring that the proper medications are administered and doctor appointments are kept.

Caregivers can even free up immense amounts of time for family members who often find themselves shouldering all the responsibility of their aging parents, decreasing their hours at work, and spending less time at home with their own families. By allowing a caregiver to take care of your loved ones, you can help ensure the well-being of your parents and yourself.

At Alvita Care, we have a needs assessment tool that helps identify signs that your elderly loved one might benefit from home care services. For example, when you visit your elderly parents and start noticing that their food is stale, their house isn’t kept up, or their mail is piling up, these can be basic signs that a caregiver is in need. When you notice that your elderly mom walks with a limp and reaches for railings more often than usual or that she is calling significantly more or less than she used to, this can mean that it is time for your elderly parents to have a caregiver.

Remember that hiring a home caregiver is not a simple one-time decision but varies depending on your elderly loved one’s needs. At Alvita Care, you can easily vary the number of hours that the caregiver works with your elderly parent as their needs change. For example, when your elderly mom is being discharged from a hospital, chances are she will need many hours of care. As she begins to regain her strength, she can gradually decrease the hours of care she receives. The reverse is also true. If your mom becomes increasingly nervous while at home alone, adding more caregiving hours can help alleviate her anxiety.

With the help of a home caregiver, you can ensure that your parents are getting the help and attention they need as they grow older.



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