All your life, you’ve seen your parents guarding their independence fiercely, rubbishing your requests to seek help to carry on with their daily activities. But then reality hits suddenly one day, when your parent either falls down or is met with an illness. For some the signs were always obvious, but you failed to notice. Failing to meet scheduled appointments, mounting utility bills are all indications that your parent needs help from a Longwood home health care agency.
There is a growing tendency among seniors to live independently as long as possible. In fact longevity researchers at institutions like the Oregon Health and Science University, MIT and Stanford are now focusing on systems that’ll help seniors live independently at home for longer periods. This involves using technology that promotes wellness, social connectivity and even mobility.
Seniors preferring to stay at home can seek help from care givers at a Longwood senior care agency. These caregivers undergo professional training to effectively handle seniors. These caregivers are sensitized to the needs of the physical and emotional needs of the elderly.
The type of help provided would largely depend on the level of assistance required by the individual. This is largely dependent on the ability of the individual to manage the 6 Activities of Daily Living (ADL). Activities of daily living consist of bathing, dressing, transferring, continence care, eating and walking. A senior may request for help to perform these activities. In addition to helping elders with the above mentioned activities, caregivers at Orlando senior services also help seniors in errands, shopping, taking medications, managing money, communication, and even transportation for meeting scheduled appointments. They also help seniors with companionship service. A few agencies also help seniors find the right assisted living community or the right Longwood Alzheimer’s care center.
While services at most in-home care agencies are privately funded, a few agencies allow Medicare and other private insurance to pay for services.
But before you hire the services of an agency make sure that the agency is licensed, insured and bonded. Most caregivers at well established senior services agencies are vetted through extensive background checks on criminal and drug records. Remember to ask the agency about the policy followed by them when recruiting caregivers. The history of the in-home care agency is also of importance. You could look for information about the agency on the internet or ask for references from you’re parent’s physician, or attorney. Local support groups and church groups are all also a great place to look for references. If possible, schedule an appointment with the caregiver to assess if she is the right candidate for your parent.
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