The holidays are often a good time to share and reconnect with family. However, it’s important to be aware of your aging relatives and their possible changing needs during this time. If you have family members who are suffering from dementia or other physical or mental ailments, it’s important to prepare your entire family for their growing needs and to anticipate possible problems that could arise. The more time you spend talking and preparing your family for your relative’s needs, the better chance you will have for a relaxing holiday.
One of the initial barriers to starting home care for your loved one is the associated costs that come with employing help. Although home care may become a part of your care plan for your loved one, it need not create a big financial burden for you. There are a few easy strategies to make sure that you are minimizing the cost of home care.
- Determine the actual needs and avoid overlap. By only employing a home care agency for time that you or another family member is not available to take care of a loved one, you can avoid paying for more than you need. Don’t be afraid to ask local family members for help in caring for your loved one.
For many of our elderly parents, the idea of bringing in outside care to assist with daily life is a foreign concept. Resistance is a natural and expected response to the idea that they have reached the point of needing help. To break through this barrier, it’s important to understand why they are feeling this way. Many of the arguments against accepting care may fall into one of the categories below.
- Pride. Pride is usually the biggest barrier to overcome for your parents to accept care. In a way, needing assistance is an acknowledgement of their loss of independence.
It’s not easy to watch your parents age. And it’s often hard to tell if their new or changing behaviors are natural symptoms of aging, or if they could be warning signs of a greater problem. Dementia in particular is hard to diagnose because many of the early symptoms of the disease are often attributed to the aging process.
In order to tell if your parents’ new behavior could be signs of dementia, it’s important to know what to look for. There are a few basic symptoms that will help you determine if you need to seek professional advice.