Solutions for Help with Parents
You’re concerned about mom. She’s been acting a bit different lately. She’s been forgetting things more, maybe repeating herself, bringing up the same topics over and over. She’s lost interest in some of the things she used to do, and she just doesn’t seem to want to visit her old friends as much. She’s sleeping
more, not getting out of bed or going outside much.
This is putting a tremendous amount of stress on you. Let’s face it, haven’t you got enough to deal with? The kids need you every morning and evening. You have to cook meals, do the shopping, clean the house, feed the animals, and not to mention that little commitment you made to showing up for work 40 hours a week. And now mom’s needing you too? Doesn’t seem fair does it?
Now you’re having to stop by almost daily to make sure she’s taking her medication, getting something to eat and drinking enough water—you’ve become her caregiver. There’s not enough time in the day to get this all done, but somehow your managing to do it and your health and well-being are suffering. You’re having trouble sleeping, your stressed and wondering how you’ll keep going like this.
Welcome to caregiving!
But there is help out there. Depending on your situation there are many different options and resources for senior care in the greater Sacramento area. Here are the top 5:
Adult Day Care: These facilities are usually run and subsidized by government agencies and philanthropical grants, and can be very affordable solutions for dropping mom or dad off for the day. Here they’ll be supervised, socialized with other adults from their generation, encourage to participate in group activities, be fed nutritious meals and generally be well looked after.
Independent Living Facilities: Also known as Senior Housing, congregate living, or retirement communities, these facilities cater to relatively healthy men and women over the age of 55.
Assisted Living Facilities: These are apartment like facilities that offer small living spaces with varying amenities, and offer a variety of support for their ADL’s (activities of daily living) including caregivers that are shared amongst 10-12 residents. Staff provides the meals at scheduled times, and activities and outings provide ample opportunity for the elderly to stay active.
Skilled Nursing Facilities (Nursing Homes): Senior care for people who have medical conditions the require 24/7 care. These services are often covered by Medicare, Medical, or insurance.
Non-Medical Home Care: This option is the best for those that want to remain home instead of moving into a facility. You can use a family member, a volunteer, or hire someone privately “under the table.” But all of these options have considerable risk. By far the best option for Sacramento in-home care is to hire an agency. They are usually licensed, bonded, insured, and pay the taxes and fees required by law so you don’t have to.
To learn more about your options, contact us for Free Information on Senior Care Solutions. We can email you whatever information you need, or you can call us to talk to one of our experienced Senior Care Managers at (916) 933-9777. Our senior helpers will be glad to help you solve this stressful dilemma you are in and help keep your loved one home instead of one of the more disruptive options.
Harmony Home Care provides services for the greater Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado Counties including: Sacramento, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Granite Bay, Roseville, Cameron Park, Placerville and surrounding areas. For more information and a FREE assessment CALL (916) 414-9100.