Your mother is in her 70s or 80s and is having difficulty with a number of things around the house. You’ve been supporting her as best you can, but when it comes to her safety, you worry about what’s going to happen next.
She wants to remain where she is, but you worry about her safety constantly.
You might be caring for her. You might be devoting a lot of time and energy, and attention, to her. This could cause you problems in your relationships, work life, and much more, and what it doesn’t do is improve safety for the times when you aren’t there.
Is there anything you can do?
Of course. In fact, there are a number of things any one of us can do to help elderly and aging family members and others realize the limitations of their new reality in life, safety concerns, and more.
One of the best things is to talk about home care support services.
A home care aide can provide a great deal of physical support and assistance to people of all ages. Even if your mother only needs help every once in a while, a home care aide can be an asset.
By relying on a home care aide, your mother can get support getting out of bed if she needs it, taking a shower, going to the store, and doing a number of other things throughout the day. At the moment, she may feel trapped in her own house, especially if she no longer drives. With a home care aide providing support while you’re at work or unable to care for her otherwise, she can still have a high quality of life.
What if she won’t listen to you?
Most people are actually aware of what’s happening to their physical capabilities. Your mother may not be willing to listen to this conversation right now, but if you talk about the concerns you have, explain the risks involved in her not doing things a little bit differently, relying on other help that’s readily available, eventually she will come to the realization that this is something to at least discuss.
Through an agency, home care support can be hired for just a couple of hours at a time.
This is a great way to ease people into the idea of relying on home care support services. It also helps them see firsthand that when they do want to remain at home, safety can be improved with the physical support of an experienced caregiver.