When a loved one or someone close to us becomes incapable of managing normal, daily tasks or you start worrying about them living alone and being able to care for themselves, you may wonder what options there are if they wish to remain in their home.
You may not even be aware that in Northern VA there is something called in-home care, specifically for aging adults that allows your loved one to remain at home, while having a trained professional that goes to them at their home to attend to their needs, provide companionship and ensure their safety.
Since home health care nursing first emerged in the 1880’s, the scope of it has evolved dramatically, thanks to technological advances. Now, care that was once only available in intensive care units can be provided at home by trained staff.
Talem Home Care - Northern Virginia is an in-home care provider focused on creating effective, quality, and innovative community-based long-term care support programs for families in Virginia. Whether you are seeking temporary help or are more interested in long term care, we are ready to help.
The aging population has more than a 70% chance of needing help within their home, while 95% of them would like to stay in their home for as long as possible. In fact, most of the time, you can get more care at a lessor cost when compared to assisted livings and nursing homes. In the region, approximately of homes are aging ready, according to census.gov data. A Certified Senior Advisor®, such as those at Talem Home Care - Northern Virginia will help you understand what aging-ready means and what it will take to make your loved ones’ home environment become an aging ready home.
From assessing how much care your loved one requires, to getting everyone involved in the decision-making process, dealing with associated guilt, all the way to finding the right caretaker, this guide will help you understand the process of arranging in-home care for your loved one.
1. Assess the level of care needed
There are approximately seniors over the age of 65 in the Northern VA area who will or do require some kind of care. Some only need temporary care after a hospital stay, while some need long term solutions. A professional from an in-home care provider will perform a non-medical evaluation to determine how much care may be needed, and for how long. Once they have assessed this, they will discuss it with you and your loved one.
The level of care your loved one needs may vary with time. Regular evaluations and adjustments will ensure the right amount of care is being provided. You can help by spending some time with your loved one to gain a good understanding of the day-to-day tasks they are struggling with, such as preparing meals, performing house work, bathing, properly caring for pets, driving to appointments and keeping up with the yard work.
This will help you fill in any missing information for the care provided and help you understand how often your loved one may require visits. Your care provider will design a care plan with you for your loved one and discuss how things may change in the future.
2. Understand That Your Ability to Provide Care May Be Limited
It’s normal to think that we are able to provide the best care for our loved ones, and in many ways, this is probably true. However, caring for an elderly adult with medical needs and special requirements is different.
Professional caregivers are trained and have the experience to handle things that you aren’t necessarily prepared or qualified to do. They can pick up on certain things that indicate there could be a problem or that more care is needed. Caregivers complete a thorough evaluation after every visit with notes and observations so that your loved one continues to receive the right amount of care.
Additionally, the amount of time you have may also be seriously limited because of your career, children and other obligations. Commuting to care for your loved one is another consideration. Northern VA averages for low traffic days each year.
Traveling to your loved ones home can become a serious hardship and affect many different areas of your life. Because caring for your loved one is the in-home care professionals job, they won’t be rushed or worrying about other responsibilities. They are focused solely on your loved one during the times they are there.