When Live-In Care for Seniors Makes Sense

9/16/2014

No matter how hard you try, the care you provide to your aging parents might not be enough one day. And that’s when you should pick up the phone and call your local Maryland senior caregiver to help maintain high quality of life for your loved ones. Why a caregiver? Of course, there are other options for senior care, but a live-in assistant is the next best thing to you being by their side.

What is live-in care?

Live-in care for seniors means having a trained, kind and professional caregiver live in your parent’s house and help him or her overcome any challenges caused by old age. As their home starts turning into an obstacle course, a caregiver will be there to help your loved one stay safe. A caregiver’s responsibilities may include:

  • Light housekeeping
  • Plant and pet care
  • Laundry and linens
  • Cleaning and organizing
  • Personal care assistance
  • Grocery shopping and doctor appointments
  • Safety precautions

Essentially, what you get with the live-in care is a full-time helper whose sole responsibility is to care for your elderly loved one. This is quite different from nursing homes and assisted living facilities that make it necessary for your parents or grandparents to move out of their own home and radically adjust their lifestyle.

Sometimes live-in care is your best solution

Unless your elderly loved one requires special medical attention, live-in care is typically the best care you can offer them. Below are a few situations when you should consider hiring a live-in caregiver for your loved one.

When a chronic illness or a temporary condition is making life difficult

Whether your parent has memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s or is recovering from a recent surgery or a heart attack, he or she can benefit from a live-in caregiver. This solution gives your loved one an opportunity to stay in their own home where, as one proverb says, “even the walls help.” This means that a recovery or disease management can be less stressful for them in a familiar environment. Life doesn’t stop with a diagnosis and your senior can continue their routine, just with a few adjustments and a little extra help.

When your parent is a big part of the community

Age might make it difficult to stay physically active, but social butterflies don’t just drop their wings when they turn 60. If your senior loved one is active in their local community, has many friends and loves social gatherings, don’t deprive them of this joy by sending them to an assisted living facility. They can get all the care they need from a live-in caregiver and keep the doors of their home open to friends and family.

When your loved one is lonely

They won’t always admit it, but many seniors are lonely and alone. They might have lost a significant other, old friends or favorite pets—things we know won’t last forever, but that doesn’t make it any less painful. A live-in caregiver is more than a cleaning service or a shopping assistant; it’s a companion for your elderly loved one. At 2ndFamily, we carefully select our Maryland senior caregivers to make sure they truly care about your loved one and their well-being. Having meaningful conversations with your loved one is not a job for our caregivers—it’s the part of their caring nature.

When you think your senior is at risk

Do you think your parents aren’t safe in their own home anymore? Do they have a history of falling and hurting themselves? Sometimes, they just refuse to slow down, making you worry about their safety. A live-in caregiver can be a solution to this problem. You will have someone monitor your parents around the clock and ensure they don’t attempt tasks that may lead to injury.

Have any other questions about live-in care? Give us a call at 443-609-3640 and we’ll be happy to give you more information.

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