Is your aging parent resistant to in home care?

For senior adults who take pride in their independence, admitting they might need help around the house can be challenging. They might resist the thought of someone being in their home on a regular basis, even if that person has their best interests at heart. Preparing your loved one for in-home care assistance is an important step toward a smooth transition.

 

Approach the topic with patience and keep these tips in mind along the way:

  1. Emphasize the positive. Point out the many things they can still do on their own. Talk about their freedom to make choices, and assure them they will still be in charge.
  2. Talk about what a caregiver can do for them.Ask them what burdens they might want lifted. Do they worry about forgetting their medication? Would they like to have their meals prepared for them? Making decisions together can open the doors to change.
  3. Talk to the doctor. Sometimes hearing the encouragement of a physician can help overcome resistance to an in-home caregiver. At the very least, the recommendation can open doors to further discussion.
  4. Interview caregivers together. Make the decision with your loved one. If they know their opinion is valued, they might feel more in control and be more accepting of in-home care.

By involving your loved one in every step of the decision for in-home care, you are showing them how much their opinion matters, which can help the transition for everyone.

The advantages of using a Referral Agency like Angelic Nursing & Home Care are endless.  The most important advantage is that our clients are in control of their care plan and determine which caregivers will provide services.  All decisions made about your health or care, are directed by you and your loved one.

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Respite Care in Connecticut

Angelic Home Care is the preferred choice for the Respite Care in Connecticut Program. Angelic Home Care’s respite care program means a quality; reliable caregiver will be with your loved one when you need a break from being the primary caregiver.

Angelic’s Respite Care in Connecticut Program can be for a few hours or if you need a longer time away it can be for several days, weeks or months at a time. You create the schedule you need, the Respite Care in Connecticut Program from Angelic Home Care is a reliable way for you to have the time to tend your own personal needs or special occasions. Our aides can provide any or all of our services including Personal Care, Companion and Homemaking Services.

The Respite Care in Connecticut Program is often a part of the care plan for many seniors living in their home or in the home of a family member. The program is an affordable resource to have as they assist the primary caregiver and give a much needed break.  If you are a primary caregiver and could use the Respite Care in Connecticut Program call us today to discuss your needs without obligation.

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Support for You and Your Aging Parents in Connecticut

 

Caring for your aging parents will be easier if you know what kinds of support and community services are available and where to locate them. The following is a list of the kinds of support and community services you can find locally, along with specific suggestions of who to contact for information.
Adult day care

If you need to work or run errands and you can’t leave your parents alone, consider using adult day care. These programs are located in hospitals, churches, temples, nursing homes, or community centers. Many are private nonprofit organizations. Adult day care can be expensive but is sometimes subsidized by the government, and fees may be based on a sliding scale. In addition, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care insurance, or your health insurance may pay part of the cost.

Contact:

  • Your local senior center or community center
  • National Institute on Adult Day Care
  • The Alzheimer’s Association

Caregiver support groups (self-help)

Many self-help groups are available to provide information and emotional support on broad topics (such as aging) or specific topics (such as heart disease). You may find these support groups helpful if you know little about caring for your aging parents. Such groups might also provide an opportunity to help others by sharing your experiences.

Contact:

  • The Alzheimer’s Association
  • Children of Aging Parents
  • National Self-Help Clearinghouse

Caregiver training/health education

You may feel better about taking care of your parents if you are armed with knowledge. You may want to complete first-aid courses or take classes in gerontology.

Contact:

  • Your local college or university
  • Your local hospital
  • The American Red Cross
Don’t try to care for your aging parents alone. Many local support groups and community services are available to help you cope with caring for your aging parents. As your parents grow older, their health may deteriorate so much that they can no longer live on their own alone. At this point, you may need to find them in-home health care.  If you don’t know where to start finding help, call Angelic Home Care, a referral service  that can direct you to resources available  in your area.  We are always happy to discuss your home care needs without obligation. Our goal is to refer quality and affordable home care services to help make daily living easier.

 

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Top 5 Things to Discuss With Your Aging Parents

Discussing important issues with loved ones who are growing older can be a challenge.  But waiting until a crisis moment isn’t a good planning strategy. Instead, bring up these subjects before a crisis arises.

 

  1. Living options—Do your parents want to stay in their current home as long as possible? Or are they considering  moving to a senior living community? Discuss what they would prefer if they were to experience a decline in health and need greater assistance with the activities of daily living. Home care? Assisted living?
  2. Long-term care insurance—Many people erroneously believe that Medicare pays for a nursing home or home health care services. But in reality, long-term care is not covered by Medicare, and paying for it can quickly deplete financial resources. Investigate whether your parents are good candidates for long-term care insurance.
  3. Estate planning—Do your parents have an up-to-date will?  How can their assets help provide for their own care in case of a decline in health or incapacity?
  4. Advance healthcare planning—Have your parents completed advance directives for healthcare, including a healthcare power of attorney and living will? Have you discussed with them what their wishes are if they were to be incapacitated and unable to make their own healthcare decisions?
  5. Medicare, Social Security, VA benefits, retirement—Are your parents taking advantage of all the benefits available to them? Do they have the best supplemental (“Medigap”) policy? Part D drug plan? Do they know the deadlines to sign up for benefits in order to avoid penalties?
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Launch of our new Home Care Blog

We are very happy to announce the launch of our new Home Care in Connecticut  Blog. This blog will become a resource destination for any senior needing non-medical home care in Connecticut.  Angelic has been providing quality home care since 1984, we want to share our knowledge,  expertise and resources with you. Our goal has always been to help others — whether you are a senior who needs home  care, a family caregiver, or a loved one, this blog will be another way we can help! Feel free to subscribe to get our latest posts sent to you automatically via email or RSS reader. Also, keep a look out for our new Twitter and Facebook pages due out shortly. Thank you. We look forward to your participation. www.angelicregistry.com

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