If a senior is having memory or mobility problems, consider hiring a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living. Having someone helpful with the senior 24-hours a day can put everyone’s minds at ease.
The caregiver will help the senior with whatever he or she needs day to day. Meals are prepared and cleaned up, the senior is accompanied to appointments and social engagements, laundry is done, and errands are run. The caregiver is usually a nurse or a nursing aide, so he or she is qualified to assist with any physical therapy or exercise and with medications. Often one of the most beneficial aspects of having a live-in caregiver is companionship. Spending that amount of time together helps the caregivers and the senior become friends.
When finding a live-in caregiver, make sure that he or she is well qualified. In addition to payment, it is expected that the caregiver have his or her own room and meals are provided. Often, the caregiver will assist the senior at the grocery store, and can plan meals together then. If the senior prefers to use a service such as Peapod, they can plan the meals prior to ordering.
Having a caregiver live with a senior can allow family members peace of mind that everything is taken care of, while allowing the senior to not feel like they have lost all independence.