May 15, 2018 by Dave Eggering
Whether you are your loved one’s primary caregiver or you have a professional who comes into the picture to help, there may be times between caregiver services that need to be bridged. If your loved one is okay on their own sometimes, you still want to make sure they are going to be able to care for themselves. Here are some tips to ensure your senior’s safety and well being when there isn’t a caregiver present.
It might not be a comfortable thing to ask, but you need to know that your loved one can do certain tasks in order to trust that they are okay on their own. If they are going to be eating while the caregiver is away, for example, make sure they can fix their own meal and not just eat a candy bar. Have them practice doing the important tasks on their own when the caregiver is there so when they are away, everyone can have peace of mind.
If you really don’t want them to be alone, or you would feel better having someone check on them to make sure they’re safe, ask a neighbor or friend to stop by at certain times to see that everything is okay. The caregiver doesn’t always have to do all of the work. Other people who care about your loved one can pitch in with senior care as well.
You may want to consider certain devices that can monitor the home in order to get your loved one the help they need if they need it. There are simple call buttons, for example, that your loved one can wear so they can press it if they fall or have a medical emergency. This can add the support and peace of mind both of you need when the caregiver is out of touch for a bit.
If you are the caregiver, it only makes sense that you aren’t going to be able to be with your loved one at all times. You might need to run errands, take care of your own family, go to work, or just get away from the situation for a bit. That’s a positive and healthy thing to do, but it doesn’t make it any easier when you have someone that needs you. Getting respite care gives you peace of mind about the breaks you need and gives your loved one the senior care they need at the same time.
It’s possible that your loved one is fine on their own on occasion and that’s great. But if you need help with senior care of any kind, whether it’s transportation, bathing and personal care, 24-hour care or something in-between, Comfort Keepers is here to help. We understand that every senior is different and every family has different needs. That’s why we customize plans based on your arrangements. The plans can even be adjusted at any time. Give us a call and let’s work together to figure out the best options.