By Anne Pagnoni
Getting together and celebrating a special occasion with the family can be a wonderful time. It can also be a time when you begin noticing changes in your aging loved one. Perhaps as you celebrated the recent holidays, you noticed that your mother's hygiene isn't what it used to be. You may have noticed that her short term memory is declining or that she has been losing weight. Perhaps she mentioned being lonely during the day but being unable to get out of the house on her own due to physical ailments. You are working and taking care of your own busy family and can't imagine taking on additional caregiving responsibilities even though you want to. So what do you do? Now is the time to call Home Care Assistance.
Home Care Assistance is a full service home care agency offering hourly services but with a specialty in live-in caregivers. Our caregivers are specifically trained in our exclusive Balanced Care MethodTM . Focusing on lifestyle and dietary choices, the Balanced Care MethodTM promotes healthy activity, stress reduction, and social interaction to help seniors live their best possible lives – in the comfort of home. But, what exactly does this mean for your mother?
- When it comes to physical hygiene, our caregivers are able to provide assistance with bathing, dressing, and grooming. A little help here can go a long way in improving your mom's willingness to interact with others and her own self-image.
- From planning the menu to preparing the meal, the caregiver will ensure that your mother is eating three, well balanced meals per day. If your mother has food preferences or enjoys cooking, then she and her caregiver will enjoy doing this together.
- Exercise. Not a word that most of us like to think about, but it's a necessity nonetheless. Your mom isn't going to be training for a marathon by any stretch, but the caregiver will work to improve her physical stamina. From simply doing stretches and chair exercises to walking to the mailbox or around the block, she won't be sitting in her favorite chair all day long anymore!
- You know the old saying, use it or lose it. It applies to short term memory, too! While our caregivers can't reverse memory loss associated with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, they can provide social interaction, which has been shown to improve cognitive function. A game of cards, anyone?
When it comes to caring for your aging loved one, accept help from the professionals. While this is new to you, it isn't new to us. For more information about Home Care Assistance, please visit our website at www.homecareassistance.com. To be directed to your local Home Care Assistance office, please call 1-866-4-LIVEIN.