As a family caregiver you understand the value that a home care provider gave offer to your senior during their later years. Whether you have noticed challenges and limitations that have threatened their health and safety, or simply believe that additional care and companionship could support better quality of life, you know that starting home care can offer a solution that is beneficial to both of you. Getting started on this type of care arrangement, however, can be challenging.

Use these tips to help the beginning of your home care arrangement be as smooth as possible:

Prepare. There may be instances when starting home care is an emergency need that must start very quickly. If at all possible, however, take the time to prepare your parent for this transition. Give them as much opportunity as you can to get used to the idea and to get comfortable with the change.

Start small. Rather than having the care start suddenly, consider starting with a visit where your parent can meet this care provider and they can start getting to know each other. This can help your parent feel more comfortable and prepare them for longer stretches of care.

Ensure the provider is prepared. When it is time for your parent to fully begin their care relationship, make sure that the care provider is ready. Give them information that will help them to smoothly transition into this care, such as your parents schedule, their likes and dislikes, and suggestions for activities or meals that will them to give your parent care that will make your parent feel comfortable and in good hands from the very beginning.

Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult is difficult. Fortunately, home care is there for you. Starting care for your aging parent is a fantastic way to ensure that your elderly loved one gets everything they need to stay healthy, happy, comfortable, and safe as they age in place. This can mean filling care gaps that might exist in the efforts you give them, stepping in to care when you are not available, or just providing extra support and companionship to your senior for a more fulfilling quality of life throughout their later years. These highly personalized services are specifically designed to address their individual needs, challenges, and limitations in the way that is right for them so that they can pursue as much independence, activity, and engagement as possible.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Woodbury, MN, and the surrounding areas, please contact the friendly staff at CareBuilders at Home Minnesota. Call today 612-260-2273.