Establishing a comfortable and trusting relationship with any form of home health care provider is largely based on consistency. Daily structure and routine give Mom and Dad that level of familiarity and comfort that they need. If your loved one has Alzheimer’s Disease or is experiencing cognitive decline, structure and routine are imperative.
In addition to feeling comfortable with their provider, consistency also important when it comes to maintaining optimal physical, mental, emotional, and social health through meal prep, medication reminders, and companionship.
Read on to learn more about why having consistent in home health care is so important.
As we all age, we begin to find comfort in routine and familiarity. And for our aging parents, establishing some form of routine becomes even more essential.
It can be an overwhelming experience when it comes to introducing a health care worker into the home and becomes involved in the daily life of an aging parent. Having a stranger take care of you is something that we all can agree would feel unnerving initially. But gradually, with a consistent routine in place, it allows patients to establish a relationship with their caregiver and feel at ease.
Ensures Meds are Administered Properly
For many elderly patients, consistent dosages for medication are also a key factor when it comes to hiring home health care. Medication must be taken on an accurate and timely schedule as prescribed by the doctor. In-home caregivers can assist with medication reminders, reading labels, and opening medication bottles, which can be a huge help.
Ensures that Diets are Followed
Is Mom diabetic? Does Dad have to follow a low-cholesterol diet? Getting the right nutrition is so important, but it’s not always easy. Between trudging through sleet and snow to pick up groceries, to prepping meals safely in the kitchen, it can be a challenge as your parents age especially if they have a chronic condition such as MS or Alzheimer’s disease. In-home caregivers can assist with picking up groceries and preparing healthy meals to ensure optimal nutrition. Meals can be prepared according to strict dietary needs.
Keeps Mom and Dad Engaged
As we age, our support network starts to fall away. We lose touch with old friends, and our close confidants may pass on. Caregivers can provide companionship that is so important for stimulus and engagement. Being able to go for a walk outside for fresh air, play cards or simply converse with another person throughout the day is a factor that highlights how necessary consistent care really is. The caregiver is carefully matched to Mom or Dad based on personality, interests, and skill set. Mom or Dad begins to form a bond with the caregiver and each visit is a highlight.
Whether it’s administering medication on a daily basis, providing meal prep, or even providing stimulus that allows Mom or Dad to combat social isolation – consistent caregiving is absolutely essential.
- Stephen Bleeker