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By Alexa Graziani
24 hour care includes both day and overnight care, around-the-clock. Although every state has its own regulations, some of the common 24 hour care options include the following:
When care is provided in the home, it enables a spouse or aging parents to be able to continue living where they are the most comfortable. Proper preparation can mean the difference between chaos and a calm transition. It can be very helpful to learn how to be an active care partner.
The following are some of the most important benefits that 24 hour care can provide your family:
It can be difficult to make the decision to increase the level of care or get started with 24 hour home care.
As family members, none of us want to have to accept the limitations of our loved ones. Or, we live in complete denial about their illness or dementia. Don’t wait until a crisis arises. Be involved and aware. Whatever you learn as part of this process will be truly invaluable.
“Many adult children call us in crisis mode after a parent has had a fall or trip to the hospital,” says Jackie Summers, Sales Operations Manager for Home Care Assistance. “These kinds of situations, more times than not, could’ve been prevented if the senior would’ve had an in-home caregiver nearby to assist or notice a change in condition. Taking a close look at how well a parent is getting along on their own can make a big difference in their health and well being.”
The following signs might mean it’s time to switch to 24 hour care for your elderly parent, spouse, or friend:
With all of the planning, sometimes the individual receiving the care is lost! At first, it can be a shock having unfamiliar individuals coming into the house to provide intimate care.
Make the effort to respect and honor your spouse’s or aging parent’s needs and wishes.
When it comes to choosing caregivers, include them in the process as much as possible. After the caregiver starts working, respond to any ongoing concerns your loved one has.
Be patient and flexible throughout the process of getting 24 hour care set up. Work with the home care agency closely to provide quality, consistent, and safe care to your aging spouse or parent.
– Alexa Graziani is a representative of Home Care Assistance, a Silver Corporate Partner of the Aging Life Care Association.