Are you worried about an older parent’s well-being as their ability to look after their own home, do the grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning, or cooking declines? It’s important to have a conversation about your concerns and about your parent’s wishes and expectations as they age and begin to need some assistance, whether they need the occasional visit from a personal support worker or a live in caregiver who can meet all of their needs day in and day out.
In New York City, one of the easiest ways to get high quality care for a loved one with dementia or a chronic illness is to work with an agency that can provide highly trained personal support workers and flexible support. If you’re already a primary caregiver, you can turn to an agency for respite care, or if you aren’t able to live with your older parent, you can rely on them for live in care or regular visits of several hours.
Another option that many families find crucial is 24-hour shift work, available from New York City agencies like Mavencare; if your loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s and is prone to wandering, 24-hour care delivered by 2-3 caregivers in shifts can help. It means that there will always be someone awake and on the job, all the time, and it can also be the format of care you need after a hospital transfer, when your loved one needs regular attention.
A caregiver can do more than just make sure your loved doesn’t wander out of the house at night, but also take steps to prevent it in the first place. Wandering is caused by a number of factors, including stress or fear, boredom, or an attempt at following a routine (like grocery shopping or going for a walk). A caregiver can make sure that your loved one’s sleep patterns are normal and mitigate the feelings of stress that can come with dementia; allowing your loved one to stay in the familiar environment of their home is a great way to alleviate these fears. Whether you need live in care or 24-hour shifts, working with an agency can help you find senior care in New York City that fits your circumstances.
It can be a real challenge managing the care of your beloved older relative alongside raising your own family, thriving in your career, or possibly even living in another city or state. That’s why working with an agency can be such a great idea, as agencies like Mavencare have started using mobile apps to help families manage care and keep up to date on the health and well-being of their loved one. Through the app, families can book or cancel appointments, or find help quickly in a pinch if they’re faced with a sudden hospitalization and the discharge process that follows. If you’ve hired a live in caregiver, you can use the app to update your loved one’s medication schedule, check in to make sure all of their daily medication reminders have been delivered (and whether or not your loved one is complying with theirmedication schedule), and get live updates from the caregiver. When you’re looking for an agency to help with your elderly parent, get eldercare that works around your family and your needs.