Most people have to deal with this at one point or another. Someone you love has gotten older and can no longer take care of themselves at home. If you don't live with them, it can be really worrying. You don't know how much help they might need or when they might need it.
If they're dealing with the onset of dementia or Alzheimer's, they may not be able to tell you how much help they want or need. Do they need to be in a home? Maybe you stop by more frequently, you and other family members, but everybody works and has their own lives to live. Everybody's stretched thin trying to make the time, and you still feel like you're not doing enough. You can't just leave them to fend for themselves, but you're not sure a home is the right move.
There are lots of in-home senior care options for situations just like yours. You may think that it's just one person who stops by twice a day to check, and while that's an option if that's what is best for your family, there's much more than that available. You can get care that is customized for the senior in your life and what they need. This can be anything from someone who checks to make sure that there are groceries in the fridge and the pills have been taken to around-the-clock care, with lots of stops in between.
The companies that offer senior care services know how important your family is to you and will work with you to make a plan that's best for what you and your loved one needs. If you decide to tread lightly, the caregivers will be able to report back on whether or not they feel your loved one needs more time and energy given to them to ensure their safety and health. And the great thing about this in-home type of care is that it can also translate to out-of-home care.
Not only can this type of caregiver make sure your loved one gets to medical appointments, but they can also help keep your loved one busy. Getting them to the museum or out of the house to meet friends can do a lot for the morale of your loved one.
Being able to keep them at home means they'll still feel independent, and be surrounded by happy memories of a place they love, rather than pitching them into an unfamiliar environment that they have no emotional attachment to.