If you have one or more siblings, you know how common it is for siblings to disagree. However, it’s important for siblings to reach some kind of consensus when it comes to certain important issues—securing care for an aging parent, for example. If you’re unsure how to handle your aging parent’s needs, you can start by avoiding the below mistakes.
Overestimating a Parent’s Abilities
As your parent gets older, the amount of denial among your siblings will likely increase. Many people have trouble accepting their parent’s mortality, or refuse to shoulder the burden of caring for an elderly parent. As you discuss the prospect of in-home care, one or more of your siblings may insist that your parent is “fine,” and “can take care of herself.” For the sake of your parent’s health, you should get your siblings to accept reality so you can devise a caregiving strategy.
Planning an Unrealistic Care Routine
One of your siblings may be on the other end of the spectrum; she may be eager to shoulder all the responsibility of caring for your aging parent. Caregiving is a tough job—trying to do too much can be emotionally and physically exhausting for even the most patient caregivers. Hiring a professional in-home caregiver can help prevent yourself and your siblings from getting overwhelmed.
Failing to Support the Main Caregiver
Once one sibling volunteers to be the main caregiver for an aging parent, the other siblings may end up providing little or no care. This can lead to a big fight—especially if the siblings start criticizing the way the main caregiver provides care. Instead of criticizing the main caregiver, it’s important for siblings to offer support and help out however possible.
Jenkintown Comfort Keepers is proud to offer a wide range of care services for aging residents in and around Jenkintown. Your parent deserves some of the best in-home care possible, and we’re happy to provide it. Call (215) 885-9140 to speak with a representative and learn more about our senior home care services.
As more seniors choose to stay at home, in-home care services offer safety, comfort, and security for seniors and family members alike. Jenkintown Comfort Keepers offers a variety of personal care services that range from grooming and mobility assistance to meal preparation and nutritional care. Our personal care options allow you to tailor your loved one’s care to ensure he receives the assistance he needs to enjoy everyday life.
Mobility, Transferring, and Positioning
Maintaining an active lifestyle holds many benefits for seniors. Comfort Keepers’ caregivers can provide your loved one with any assistance needed to keep physically active within his fitness and health limitations. For seniors that need help maintaining a comfortable position or transferring from beds and chairs, we also provide support and assistance to prevent falls and sores while promoting healthier posture and proper breathing.
Toileting, Grooming, and Hygiene
As the body ages, it can be more difficult to maintain the routines of personal hygiene. Difficulty getting to the toilet alone or incontinence is no need for embarrassment, and Comfort Keepers’ caregivers provide assistance while helping seniors to maintain dignity and privacy. Good hygiene is not only essential for good health, it also enhances self-confidence and comfort. Our caregivers will help with grooming, bathing, and hygiene tasks to ensure your loved one looks and feels his best.
Cooking, Feeding, and Dietary Care
Seniors often find the tasks of cooking increasingly difficult, which can lead to poor nutrition. Our Comfort Keepers caregivers will work with your loved one and his healthcare staff to ensure he receives the nutrition he needs through meal planning and preparation. We will work within the boundaries of any dietary restrictions for seniors with heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and more.
Jenkintown Comfort Keepers is dedicated to providing personalized home care services so seniors can remain safely and happily at home. We invite you to click through our website to find a comprehensive list of our care, companionship, and safety services. Call (215) 885-9140 to speak with one of our caregivers today.
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Aging loved ones need continued help and support to live healthy and happy lives. Seniors often face mental and physical health challenges that require extra care and assistance if they wish to continue living at home. If you and other family members choose to provide the care your loved one needs, communication and support can make this process easier. Caregiving requires a significant amount of time and effort, and sharing tasks among family members will ensure all family caregivers also have time for themselves. If you choose to hire a caregiver to assist your loved one at home, family involvement remains an important part of caring for your loved one. Family members can work with the caregiver to ensure your loved one’s preferences and needs are taken into consideration so he can remain comfortably and safely at home.
Would you like to learn more about in-home senior care options in Jenkintown and Langhorne? Call Jenkintown Comfort Keepers today at (215) 885-9140 to speak with an experienced staff member about our companionship, personal, and specialized care services. You can also find out more about family caregiving and our respite care options on our website.
A healthy, beautiful smile is something you can enjoy for life. While seniors have unique dental health needs, the right knowledge and tools can help you keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Seniors should learn to recognize the sighs of periodontal disease, which include swollen, bleeding, and receding gums. Schedule regular dental checkups to monitor your dental health and continue to brush and floss daily. If you have trouble with daily oral care tasks, ask your dentist about products that can make home dental care easier. Check out this video to learn more about good oral hygiene and dental health for seniors.
Jenkintown Comfort Keepers provides in-home senior care that includes bathing, grooming, and hygiene services. We can also transport you to and from doctors’ and dentists’ appointments so you can maintain good health. Click through our website or call us at (215) 885-9140 to find out more.