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There’s No Way Mom’s Going to an Assisted Living Community, But What Options Do I Have?

If you're currently spending time at your mom’s house over the holiday season or have just returned from a prolonged stay with her, it may have become apparent that she can no longer live safely alone. You suspected her cognitive ability was declining, but now your worst fears have been realized; Mom needs help. But, you’ve got work and other commitments, and you know she will never agree to an assisted living community.

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Quite often, adult children of a senior person realize just how much help their mom or dad needs at home following an extended visit. Over the holidays, you might have noticed that your mom can no longer do many things on her own. Even since your last visit, she may seem less capable of managing day-to-day tasks without at least some assistance. For adult children who work full-time, are raising families, or don't live nearby, it can be hard to know what to do next. You want to be there as much as possible, but life is too demanding to allow it.

For the older person who may have been masking their true needs for some time, there is also likely to be apprehension, and perhaps embarrassment, in front of loved ones who are starting to realize that you need some help. It's also quite common that a conversation about - “I'll never be put in a nursing home” has been ongoing for several years, probably long before there was ever a need for any real decisions to be made. This all-too-common mentality can make it difficult to broach the subject.

Your mom may not be the only one averse to an assisted living community – it may be something you would instead not consider due to the expense or the fact that you don’t like the idea of your elderly parent having to move out of the place they have called home for many years. However, there is an alternative solution that can help your mom feel secure and cared for, and is a better solution for your whole family. Home Care is ideal for people who need assistance but strongly desire to stay in their own homes. Rather than feeling a loss of independence or dignity, Home Care empowers older people to remain independent for as long as possible.

A Home Care Aide can help in many ways.

  • If your Mom has mobility issues due to surgery or a condition such as Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis and can't get around the home safely any longer, they can assist with daily routines such as preparing for bed, bathing, or light housework.
  • If your mom has cognitive issues due to dementia, including Alzheimer’s, or is simply suffering from memory loss, which means she is prone to forgetting to take her medication (or turning off appliances), a Home Care Aide can help with medication reminders.
  • If Mom’s mobility prevents her from leaving the house and socializing, leading to increased feelings of isolation, loneliness, and depression, a Home Care companion can offer friendly and compassionate company and social outlets.

If your mom is resistant to the idea of Home Care, explain that a Home Care Aide is a qualified professional who can help promote her independence while keeping her safe. A simple call to the house each day, a few hours of caregiving at a time, or even 24*7 care, are all options available to you and your Mom. All you need to do is find the right Home Care company for you and a Home Care caregiver with whom your mom will enjoy spending time.

Home Care can be a welcome, easy solution for anyone who wants to see their elderly parent continue to lead a normal life for as long as possible. There is no need for routine disruption, no system to fall in with, and, crucially, no upheaval from a home they have loved for many years. Start talking to your mom openly and sensitively about the possibility of Home Care, and include her in the decision process from the outset. Once she realizes how much more independence Home Care can afford her, your mom will welcome the idea.

Find out how Ezra Home Care can provide the compassionate and expert care your mom needs while still keeping her independence. Please get in touch with our dedicated staff and schedule a free safety assessment. With home care for mom, you can ensure she receives the attention and support she needs while preserving her dignity and independence. Whether your mom constantly repeats herself or has more severe cognitive issues, at home with your mom, you can help her live her best life.

Founded in 2008, Ezra Home Care offers live-in home care, 24-hour care, and hourly senior care.
All our caregivers are state-certified and provide services like personal carehousekeepingcompanionship, help with medication, and transportation assistance. We've spent 15 years refining our caregiver selection process to ensure families' peace of mind. Reach out for details and quotes.

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