Watching our parents get older is one of the hardest things that we have to go through. It can be difficult watching them get to stages where they cannot take care of themselves anymore and need basic care. For many of us we are accustomed to having our parents available to help us and take care of our needs. This can be a real change for everyone involved and it can be difficult for our parents to realize they can’t take care of themselves.
Many of the things that they need can become very time consuming and difficult to keep up with since for many they have their own children and grandchildren at this point. For many they start looking into options for help for their parents, especially if they live far away from us. There is the option of a rest home, but that can be the most difficult thing to do to a parent. They like to stay independent as long as they can.
Another option is home care. There are several different companies that offer different services at different times of the day, but the best scenario is to have a home care service that is available 24/7. Then you or your parent can contact them for anything at anytime. It is also nice to have them offer services such as laundry, grocery shopping, general housekeeping, friendship and even basic hygiene care. This provides a way for your parent to develop a companionship and something to look forward to.
There are several things to consider and it is important to do what is best for all involved.