Live-in Care for Seniors in Houston, TX – Maintaining Independence While Receiving Care from a Live-In Caregiver
The moment a person begins relying on another individual for their basic care or taking care of the house, there’s an increased likelihood that they begin to rely on them for more and more things. Many of the things they end up expecting help with are things they can readily do themselves. This is a common phenomenon among seniors who may rely on help from family members or friends.
The minute a family member begins helping them do laundry, light housekeeping around the property, and even preparing meals, they may call on these family members for other things. It could be things they know they can do themselves but might not feel 100 percent comfortable or confident in doing. The same holds true when relying on live-in care for seniors.
What to expect from a live-in home care provider.
A person who hires a 24-hour home care provider is likely somebody who requires a significant amount of assistance throughout the day and even overnight hours. They might need help getting out of bed to go to the bathroom throughout the day and even into the night. They may feel uncomfortable being alone for any length of time.
Once the caregiver moves in and begins working with the elderly client on a regular basis, it’s important that the senior remain sharp, or as sharp as possible.
What does it mean to be sharp?
It means not only taking care of their mental health and well-being, but also getting the appropriate amount of exercise and doing all the things they are still capable of doing for themselves. The caregiver may be required to help out in the kitchen preparing dinner, for example, but as long as the senior is still capable of holding a knife, pouring herbs and spices into the frying pan, and basically cooking, they should be encouraged to do so still.
Staying sharp also means focusing on taking care of their house and property. It means being diligent regarding checking light bulbs, inspecting smoke detectors, and much more. They may not be able to physically get on a stepladder and change a light bulb or check that smoke detector, but they should be thinking of these things and taking part in them as much as possible.
Aside from being bedridden, most seniors who can get around, even with the assistance of a walker or wheelchair, can still do many things for themselves, with a little assistance. Encouraging them to continue taking care of themselves as much as possible will help them remain sharp and feel empowered in their own life, even when they rely on a live-in caregiver.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of live-in care for seniors in Houston, TX, contact the caregivers at SYNERGY HomeCare. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (281) 407-1200 for more information.
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