If you have a parent with dementia and want to keep them at home with you, there will come a time when you find it difficult to care for them. If this is already the time, then you may feel like you have no choice to put your parent into a nursing home. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent this, one of which is hiring in-home elder care. Below are two services they can offer you to ease some of your burden.
Assist With Bathing
Many people with dementia do not want to bathe at all. This may be because they are afraid of water or may even be afraid of going into the bathroom. Your parent may just find it so confusing that they get very frustrated.
In-home elder care will send someone to your home that has a lot of experience with bathing people that have dementia. Your parent may even do better with someone that they do not know. In-home elder care services know many tips and tricks to get people with dementia to bathe. For example, they will make sure your bathroom is warm for your parent as well as comfortable. They will talk with your parent very slowly and not argue with them at all. They may suggest that you get a handheld shower to help reduce your parent's fear. This way you will not have to have the water running nonstop.
Light Housekeeping and Meal Preparation
The in-home elder care service can do light housekeeping for you. This will include things like doing the dishes, vacuum, and dusting. This can be a big help to you as you may not find the time to do these things on your own as you will be so busy with your parent.
Besides cleaning, the in-home elder care service can help prepare meals for you. They will first sit down with you to determine if your parent has any type of allergies. The service will understand the dietary requirements for people with dementia. They will also understand how difficult it can be to encourage dementia patients to eat. Because of this they will plan very simple meals for your parent to help them be able to eat on their own. If your parent cannot eat on their own, the in-home elder care service can feed them for you while they are at your home.
Contact some in-home elder care services in your area to learn how they can help you during this difficult time.