Seniors like to age at home. They like the idea of living where it’s familiar. They know the neighborhood. They know the neighbors. They don’t want to move.
Your mom and dad have similar feelings. The house may be larger than they need, but they like the area. Thoughts of moving to a new location cause anxiety. They don’t want to spend money on closing fees, moving costs, and real estate fees.
There’s no reason your parents have to move. With some simple changes in the home and assistance of a home care agency, they can age in place.
Home Changes to Consider.
Aging at home will require some changes. Grab bars help prevent a bathroom fall. They also help in long hallways where your parent might need support. Install grab bars near a toilet, inside and outside a bathtub or shower, and in hallways.
Flooring can be slippery. Put in non-slip mats on shower or tub floors and right outside to prevent slips when stepping in or out of the tub. Decorative rugs need to have rubberized backing. If not, remove them. Loose boards or tiles need to be replaced or secured.
Make sure all inside and outside rails are secure. If they have come loose, they need replacing or repairing. The wood on a wooden rail should not be splintering.
Services Home Care Agencies Provide.
If you think about the activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living, there are likely many that your parents handle independently. They may have three or four that cause problems. Hire caregivers to take care of those tasks.
Home care agencies can help with light housework and do the laundry. They can schedule appointments and make sure your parents get there on time. They can create shopping lists and take your parents shopping. They can cook meals and make sure your parents eat.
Caregivers offer companionship. They can play games, watch movies, or join your parents on walks around the neighborhood or yard. If there are other things your parents need, talk to the home care agency to see if it’s something a caregiver can take care of.
How Much Does Home Care Cost?
Prices vary depending on the services your parents need and their location. The best way to get a quote is by making a call.