Personal care involves assistance with all sorts of tasks that make up a category called ADLs, or activities of daily living. Some of these tasks can be embarrassing for your senior to even admit are becoming difficult for her. And accepting help may feel utterly beyond anything that she can do. But personal care at home restores dignity for your senior and ensures for you that she is safe at home.
Showering or bathing is a vulnerable time for your senior and it can become such a difficult task that she starts to avoid it altogether. Some seniors find that it’s terrifying to worry about falling in the shower or even to feel the water on their bodies. Personal care at home can ensure that your elderly family member is able to stay safe and also get her body clean. This helps to protect her skin and ensure that she’s comfortable as well.
Grooming and Dressing Assistance
Some of the same challenges with dressing and grooming, particularly around mobility, are the ones that might challenge your senior with bathing. Even if your elderly family member modifies her wardrobe to help simplify getting dressed, having assistance can make all the difference. Elder care providers make sure to only assist as much as your senior needs without overstepping and overhelping.
Help with Meals and Eating
If it’s becoming more difficult for your aging family member to keep up with eating regularly, she may need more help than even she realizes. Personal care at home can make healthy meals for her and ensure that she’s eating on a regular basis. This is vital when you can’t be with your senior to make sure that she is indeed eating.
Transfer and Mobility Assistance
Mobility can be a huge concern for your elderly family member and knowing that home care providers are there to assist her as she walks can help you to feel better about her safety. Caregivers can remind your senior to use her mobility tools, especially if your senior prefers to leave them behind. This type of help is crucial for avoiding falls at home.
Assistance with toileting can be one of the more embarrassing needs your senior has, but personal care at home is not there to shame your senior or make her feel uncomfortable. Getting to the toilet on time and having assistance with everything involved keeps your senior safe and can even help her to avoid health issues. All too often seniors avoid hydrating properly because they worry about not getting to the bathroom safely or when they need to. Just having that little bit of extra help can alleviate a whole lot of different concerns for your elderly family member.
It’s so common for this type of help to feel like too much from your senior’s point of view, especially if she’s been resisting it. Realizing that having help doesn’t have to make your senior even more embarrassed can be what she needs to be able to finally embrace personal care at home.