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February 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 144

At some point in our lives, we need to face the need for senior home care, either for our loved ones or for ourselves. How we approach the task can make the difference between a contented old age and heartache for us and our families. Thoughtful, honest discussions about the elder's needs and preferences are essential to making this transition a success.

First you need to take a realistic look at the needs you have to fill. How much independence can you or your loved one handle? What is the severity of the illness that requires care? What accommodations need to be made in the home so that the senior isn't encumbered by stairs or inconvenient facilities? Safety always needs to be a major concern.

If the senior requiring help has a chronic illness that precludes cooking their own meals and doing their own housework, but they can care for their personal needs independently, part-time assistance should be enough.

But if the illness renders you or your loved one incapacitated, you'll need to find someone who is prepared to assist with healthcare duties. The in-home help will need to have some medical training, preferably as a licensed practical nurse or home health nurse. It is also preferable for them to have experience working with the elderly, since elder care differs greatly from caring for the young.

To be able to stay at home is the goal, and to that end you need to make sure that your home or your loved one's home is up to the task. A two-story house presents problems, especially if the person requiring care has physical limitations. Ideally, the senior's bedroom and living areas should be on the same floor. Often a family room or den can be converted into a bedroom.

Bathrooms can pose a problem, especially in two-story homes with the bedrooms upstairs. Likely the only bathroom downstairs will be a half bath, meaning there's only a toilet and sink. This, too, can be surmounted by installing a walk-in shower with a seat.

You might want to consider installing a walk-in shower, even if there is a full bath on the ground level. Bathtubs can present difficulties for the elderly, and safely navigating someone who needs help bathing in and out of a tub can pose problems for the home helper.

Don't hesitate to ask the advice of professionals, such as your doctor, or friends who have already gone through the experience of setting up senior home care for themselves or their loved ones. There's no need to reinvent the wheel to make sure that every contingency is covered. Approaching the task with common sense and love will provide you and your family with a happy result.

Jack is healthcare professional who specializes in senior home care. Check out his Website for more information!

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