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Making a House a Home for Your Elderly Parent

Home Care in Rochester MN

Change is one thing you can count on. Age may leave the gait a little slower, the hair a little grayer, but has, hopefully, left a little wisdom in its wake. The house is quieter. The squeal of children Home-Care-in-Rochester-MNand the voice of a spouse have long since been replaced by a silence that transcends. The stairs are getting harder to climb; the jar of spaghetti sauce, harder to open.

You see your parent struggling with the everyday tasks of living and decide it’s time to lend a helping hand. As a primary family caregiver, you’ve opted to help with the housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation and daily hygiene. By the time you get done with the essentials, there is little time remaining before you must head back to your home to take care of the necessary tasks required there. You know your parent’s house is safe and that they are cared for, but you’ve noticed a melancholy haze engulfing them, a shuffling of the feet, a sense that what was once a home is now becoming a house.

Purpose

You recognize something needs to change. Living needs to be enthused with life. There are moments in life that inspire you. You wake up eager to greet the day, excited about the possibilities. You feel on purpose. One of the keys to seeing that gleam return to your parent’s eyes is getting them excited again. This can be solved by one simple question: What does your parent love? Animals? Think about setting them up as a volunteer at the local animal shelter. Some of the healthy benefits of volunteering include lower rates of heart disease and better health. Does writing inspire them? Set them up with a blog where they can start recording their thoughts on aging or other passions. Pick up a book on how to write one’s autobiography.

Social Network

Social engagement is an important part of a life well lived. While there are those recluses that are happier alone than in the company of others, most humans need some social interaction. The house becomes a home with the sound of voices and laughter. Set up a potluck once a week with family and friends at your parent’s home. Set up a schedule that includes the daily tasks of living and social exchanges. In this way, you and your caregiving team are aware of how much time your loved one spends alone and how much time in the company of others. If family members or friends live far away, set up weekly video chats. Hire an in-home care provider who can be there for your parent when you can’t. In addition to assisting with the daily activities, home care providers are there to offer support in that all-important aspect of living—companionship.

 

If you or someone you know needs home care in Rochester, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.

 

Resources:   The Health Benefits of Volunteering, a study by the Corporation for National and Community Services. www.nationalservice.gov

Lori Seemann

Lori Seemann has a background in nurse management, hands-on critical care and business management. Her clinical expertise and knowledge of information systems had been instrumental in ensuring operational consistency in all branch offices. She led efforts that resulted in implementation of a new home care computer system that is utilized for staffing, scheduling, clinical records and billing. Lori continues to seek opportunities to improve caregiver productivity through nurse utilization of a unique point of care laptop computer system.