Caregivers are a vital service for older adults who live alone. It’s a way to help them remain independent without feeling lonely or isolated. Have you talked about the many things caregivers can do to help your dad with daily living activities?
When you hire home care services, ask about transportation services. Instead of someone having to take a day off to drive your dad to stores, his friends’ houses, and medical and dental offices, caregivers drive him to and from those locations.
Caregivers can bring him into the office, sit and wait for him to be finished, and drive him back home. He keeps up with the appointments he needs, and you don’t have to worry about missing work or another obligation. He always has someone there for him.
Your dad struggles to make phone calls and schedule his appointments. He often forgets when he last saw his doctor or dentist. Have a caregiver help him with scheduling.
Caregivers can arrange appointments, remind him of an upcoming appointment, and make sure he gets to his appointment on time. The caregivers can note everything on calendars so that the family knows when appointments are coming up.
Let caregivers run errands for your dad. He needs his prescription refilled, and you don’t have time to pick it up. A caregiver can pick it up and bring it to his house on the days home care services are scheduled.
Caregivers can pick up groceries, stop by to get his order at a bakery, or pick up household supplies. If your dad wants to run the errands and just needs help, caregivers can drive him to the stores and bring him with them.
Your dad lives alone and regularly calls you in order to have someone to talk to. You love your dad, but the calls he makes when you’re trying to work are distracting. He doesn’t stop calling, and it’s frustrating.
Caregivers can provide the companionship he’s seeking. Instead of feeling lonely and making calls to you throughout the day, he has a caregiver he can chat with or engage in games. The caregiver can make sure he’s active and engaged in fun things like trips to a park, museum visits, and visits with his friends.
It’s time to discuss your dad’s need for help around the home. Make sure he knows the point of caregivers is to help him remain independent while also being safe. Call a home care agency to schedule caregivers for your dad.