Your dad is older and slowing down. While he still seems fine living alone, there are things you worry about him being able to manage without someone stopping by to assist him. He worries about having others telling him what to do and when to do it. You just want him to be safe. A solution that will meet both of your needs is to hire home care to help him with tasks he can’t do on his own. How does home care work?
A Caregiver Comes to Your Dad’s Home
On the scheduled days your dad needs help, a caregiver comes to your dad’s home to help him out. If he needs someone to prepare meals and take him shopping, his caregiver takes care of those tasks. If he needs help doing the laundry but wants to fold things himself, his caregiver will wash and dry his dirty laundry and leave it for him to fold.
Your dad may need someone to stop by once a week to take him shopping, change his sheets and towels, and clean the home. That’s fine. If he needs daily medication reminders, his home care provider stops by each day at the appropriate time, makes sure he’s taken his pills, and takes care of other chores on the list before leaving.
You’re Able to Change His Services As Needed
Your dad has home care stopping by due to his health. He was just diagnosed with diabetes, and he’s having a hard time getting used to keeping track of his blood sugar checks, the foods he can and cannot eat, and exercising for 30 minutes. His caregiver can remind him.
Weeks later, he’s gotten used to his new care routine. His caregiver can stop by less often. You might want the caregiver to just stop by each week to help him with housekeeping chores and take him shopping for food. Once a month, you might need a caregiver to help your dad with prescription refills.
He’s Never Left Alone When He Is Expecting His Caregiver
Your dad isn’t going to be stranded without care on days he’s expecting it. If his caregiver is due on a specific day, he knows he won’t be left alone. If his caregiver can’t get a car started or wakes up with a stomach bug, a replacement is sent to your dad’s house for the day.
He’ll have the replacement with him until his usual caregiver is able to get a ride or feels better. You don’t have to worry about your dad being left alone and forgetting to do things like take his medicine or get a ride to the store.
Arrange home care by calling and talking to an advisor. You can also fill out the online form and answer questions about your dad’s care needs. You’ll learn more about the available services and pricing for the home care services that your dad needs.