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January 23, 2019

What is respite care?

Respite care is temporary care for the primary caregivers of a senior or disabled person. It provides relief for the main caregiver or caregivers which, in turn, will allow them to provide better care when they return.

One example of respite care is when a husband is the primary caregiver for his wife. If the husband has an appointment or needs to take a break from caregiving, Home Instead Senior Care can provide care in his place while he is gone.

Respite care is an important part of a family’s caregiving plan. Many seniors rely on the help of their family members for their caregiving needs. Incorporating respite care helps relieve the stress associated with providing care. It also allows for the caregiver to take time for themselves to recharge, handle personal tasks or go on vacation. Respite care supports the caregiver and the senior in need.

We provide respite care in Downey, Bellflower, Bell, and the surrounding cities. For more information about our services or to schedule a free, no obligation consultation, call us at (562) 401-0010 or through our contact form.

What is respite care?

January 19, 2019

Signs your aging parent needs a caregiver

In most cases, an aging parent won’t be the one to reach out to their children or family members for help. Many seniors will try to continue to live their life as usual despite their hardships. Instead, their children need to be on the lookout for key events that signal their parent needs assistance.

A few signs to be aware of are:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Confusion when doing normal tasks
  • Mail, paperwork, or food that piles up
  • Unable to do basic tasks like using the bathroom
  • Not keeping up with their hygiene
  • When driving becomes difficult and you notice dents or scratches on the car
  • Mood swings and attitude changes
  • Broken appliances
  • Weight loss and/or poor diet
  • No longer interested in hobbies or socializing
  • Home and/or yard is cluttered, dirty, unorganized, and unkempt
  • Bruising they can’t explain

These are all indications that it may be time to enlist the help of an in-home caregiver to help mom or dad. It’s important to note that in most cases, your parent can still live at home and age in place. They may just need a caregiver to help with a few tasks that have become harder for them to accomplish.

Home Instead Senior Care offers personalized in-home senior care that is tailored for each individual to provide as little or as much support as they need. Our services range from personal care, companionship, 24-hour care, live-in care, Dementia, arthritis, diabetes, and other conditions care, respite care, and more. For more information, please contact us through our online form or call us at (562) 401-0010.

Signs My Aging Parent Needs Help

January 10, 2019

What is aging in place?

Simply put, aging in place means living and staying in your own home and community as long as you’re able to do so safely. Aging in place is becoming the ideal choice for many seniors and their families as more social, emotional, and health benefits are uncovered.

A common misunderstanding with aging in place is that the senior needs to do everything independently. Aging in place allows you to customize and incorporate the help you need in order to stay home. In most cases, additional help from a family member, friend, or hired caregiver, is a key ingredient in staying in the comfort of your own home.

A lot can be said for keeping your environment and routines consistent. Feeling comfortable in your surroundings is vital to staying healthy. Moving out of one’s home creates stress and social pressure to acclimate to a new place. Staying in your own home allows you to maintain your independence and continue your day-to-day activities. Being at home and surrounded by your own belongings, immersed in familiar sights and sounds will also help retain memory function, improve health and longevity. Living at home also helps retain social connections in your community and is one way to help avoid social isolation among the elderly.

If you or your loved one is in Downey, California and its surrounding areas and would like more information on how we can help, call us at (562) 401-0010 or click here to contact us.

What is aging in place?