Mike’s grandmother is 95 years old who takes fierce pride in her independence and great physical health. With no trace of Alzheimer’s or physical weakness, she continues to do yard work long after her spouse passed away. Her strong hands yank the weeds from the soil and she works her way around the garden. At lunch time she fixes herself a hearty, healthy meal and proceeds to manage her property that she has in another state. With such a competent elderly loved one like that, how would you see her need for senior care?
There are always loopholes, areas of weakness that a mentally acute senior would want to hide because she is still protecting her sense of independence. Have you looked at her medical records lately? If you know that your loved one had major surgery in the last few years, do you know if anyone has checked her medical records to make sure she’s all right? Do not be deceived by her great physical appearance. How do you bring up the subject of senior care without bruising her ego?
For now, there is only so much you can do, with the permission of your elderly loved one. However, the day will come when the role of caregiving is suddenly thrust upon you, whether it’s in the form of an ER visit or an unexpected fall. Too many family members find themselves becoming a caregiver overnight, with no preparation whatsoever.
A-1 Home Care provides short-term and long-term companion care, which is simply friendship. Seniors often reject a complete stranger to take care of them, but if there’s already a friendship and a level of trust there, the transition to elder care will be that much smoother if your loved one needs a live-in caregiver one day.
You can start now with companion care a few times a week, or if you’re not ready yet, you can call on us for same-day service in case of emergencies. Companion care entails assistance with the following:
- Meal preparation
- Light housekeeping
- Transportation to appointments
- Medication reminders
- Taking vital signs
- Bathing and grooming
- Personal care
A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency established in 1991. As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care provides safe, high quality elder care to Anaheim Hills, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, and other cities throughout Orange County. All of our round-the-clock in-home care services are covered by most long term care insurance providers and veteran benefits.
Consult a care manager today by calling (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.anaheimhillsinhomecare.com for more information.