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When to look at options for care for your parents

Julie Lord

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No one likes to think about their parents growing old and needing extra help and care but ageing is a fact of life and if you want your parents to be comfortable and taken care of then you are going to have to think about what the future holds for them.

Deciding when it is time to start considering care packages for your parents is a delicate process. You may find that you and your parents disagree on whether or not your parents even need any extra help as your loved ones will understandably want to retain their independence for as long as possible. Having a conversation with your parents about the possibility of homecare services needs to be a delicate one but it's not something which should be put off.

The early signs your parents may need extra help

It is a good idea to keep an eye out for early indicators that your parents may be struggling a little at home by themselves so that should you need to arrange any home help then you know the areas in which assisted is needed the most.

For example, if you notice that a loved one is forgetting things such as medication or meal times then this is an area in which home help carers can be useful as they can visit your parents for meal preparation and medication distribution.

If your parents are getting less able to move freely about their home or they are struggling with personal care then they may require in home care in order to help with these basic essential practices to help them feel more like themselves every day.

If one of your parents has recently become bereaved and you think they are becoming isolated then this is another indicator that you may need to start thinking about in-home care, even if it just to keep your parents company during the day.

Don’t leave it until you have no other choice

Leaving organising care for your parents until you have no other choice is likely to end in you not necessarily getting the type of care arrangement that you want. Waiting until your parents are in urgent need of care does not give you the time to explore your home care options fully, nor does it give you time to interview different care agencies and individual carers. This can lead to you making snap decisions based on necessity rather than preference meaning that you might not end up with the best care package for your parents.

When you think it’s nearly time to organise a care package for your parents, this is the best time to start investigating your options. The more time you give yourself to look at your options, the easier you will find it to find the perfect care package for your beloved parents, whether through live in care agencies or by advertising for live in care jobs in the local papers? as you will have the time to properly discuss what your parents want and compare the level of service you can expect from different companies.


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