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Care For an Elderly Parent

It’s a difficult time in life when parents are aging past the point of being able to care for themselves. It often brings up mixed emotions and causes distress for all parties involved. In many cases, seniors do not want to leave their homes to go to a nursing home or assisted living facility. This causes anxiety for family members who often can’t spend all of their time at a loved one’s home and they do not have he ability to take a parent into their home.  Fortunately, there are companies who specialize in providing care for medical and health needs within the home.

When To Call in the Experts

In most cases, people know when one of their parents needs help. If you are starting to question an elderly parent’s ability to live alone and take care of themselves, you should start researching home health agencies. It’s a difficult conversation to have with a parent, but it’s essential for safety.

How To Find the Right Provider

A simple internet search of “home health agencies Bethesda MD,” for example, will yield dozens of results for you to narrow down. Check reviews for top agencies, and make sure they have a stellar rating with the Better Business Bureau. Ask friends or coworkers for recommendations, and schedule a meeting with your top choices to answer all of your questions and ease concerns.

What to Expect

Home healthcare providers will assess your parent to determine the individual needs and care plan. In some cases, you may only need a caregiver for several hours each day to give medication and check on your parent. In other situations, companies can provide a live-in  assistant for more complete care.
As your parents age, it isn’t easy to come to the conclusion that they need additional help that you can’t provide. However, home healthcare is a great option to minimize disruptions to your loved one’s life and enables him or her to stay in the home. The choice will give you peace of mind that your parent is in good hands.

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