Basics: How To Prepare for Home Care
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Basics: How To Prepare for Home Care

Basics: How To Prepare for Home Care

Have you or a loved one planned for home care? As we age there are many natural changes that impact our daily lives. When someone needs assistance for activities of daily living they may not have anyone around to help out. This can be a shocking revelation for many who have not prepared for long-term aging at home. Here are a few tips for preparing for in-home care.

Start The Conversation

This might be difficult in the beginning, but you will most likely be relieved when a plan is in place for the future. It is often too late when changes occur and actions need to happen to adapt. If you or a loved one has an accident and is injured most likely assistance with daily tasks will be needed through recovery. Think about you and your loved one’s needs and make a list to be able to refer back to later. Make a time to discuss these needs, finances, plans, goals, and anything involved in the future planning process.

Make Adaptive Home Modifications

These changes do not always have to be expensive! Sometimes the small things are overlooked and easy to fix. Adaptive home modifications can include things like ramps for door thresholds, shower wand and grab bars, ADA height toilet, pedestal sink for seated access, easier door and faucet knobs, traction mats to prevent falls, voice-activated technology, and automatic nightlights for vision. These modifications can go a long way and help one to safely age in the comfort of their home.

Make Contingency Plans

Always have a backup plan just in case! Circumstances can impact care such as bad weather that makes driving unsafe, power outages, illness, financial issues, etc. When a caregiver is unable to assist or home care coverage has not started for whatever reason, think about alternatives. Talk to friends, neighbors, family, and community members who are able to check in on you or a loved one to assist if needed. Many local grocery stores and pharmacies have delivery and rideshare companies that offer transportation. These plans can give peace of mind during unforeseen emergencies and gaps in care.

By starting the conversation, making home modifications, and having contingency plans in place, you and your loved ones will be well prepared for home care. It’s important to remember that circumstances can change as we age and that planning ahead can help give peace of mind to your and your loved ones!

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