Supporting Your Senior Loved One to Age Safely at Home: Accepting Outside Support

Supporting Your SeniorArriving at the decision to accept outside help to support your senior loved one likely didn’t occur overnight. Change can be hard in the best of circumstances, but when you factor in chronic disease, frailty, disability, and other conditions of aging, emotions can run high. The reality is, however, that as many as 70% of seniors will need some type of long-term care support, according to the Administration on Aging.

In this final installment of our 7-part blog series provided by the Registered Nurses at Nightingale Homecare, we hope to alleviate any anxiety or stress your family may be facing in seeking in-home adult care services, by empowering you with tips to help make the best decisions to support your aging loved one at home.

Most importantly, when you have determined that home-based senior care is needed, choose an agency that will assign a Registered Nurse Case Manager to your loved one. RN Case Managers should be provided at no cost and be available to visit your loved one for the purpose of evaluating his or her individual needs and wishes before placing a caregiver in the home. The nurse should then visit the home periodically to ensure that the caregiver is a good fit for your loved one and all is going well.

Choose a home care agency that is willing to assure good communication between you, your loved one, your family, and any important health care providers. This will assure that updates on physical, mental and behavioral changes are communicated effectively and in a timely fashion. Attending to this important step will give you the peace of mind that your loved one is safe, well cared for, and is receiving the right amount and type of elderly care at all times.

Nightingale Homecare serves all of Maricopa County and is licensed and qualified to meet any home care need. Services that are commonly requested to support seniors wishing to remain at home include shopping, cooking, transportation, light housekeeping and assistance with personal care. Those with complicated illnesses may need a nurse. Medicare-certified and state licensed home care and private duty agencies like Nightingale Homecare can provide ongoing evaluation of health status, address safety concerns, ensure medications are managed and appropriate, and provide support services allowing your loved one to maintain important life-long connections. In addition, these health care professionals can assist in making referrals to community agencies and services that will enhance your loved one’s independence and quality of life.

Our goal at Nightingale Homecare is to provide the guidance and care necessary for your loved one to remain safe and independent at home with our professional, experienced Phoenix home care services – always provided under the supervision of Registered Nurses. For more information, fill out our simple online contact form or call us any time at 602-504-1555.