Your dad lives alone, and you’re not nearby. As you look over his options when it comes to living alone and staying safe, elder care services are at the top of the list. These six services are essential when considering elder care.
Assistance Running Errands Provided by Elder Care Aides
Your dad can’t drive or has a hard time shopping unassisted, but he still has errands to run. He can have a caregiver present to help him with his errands.
If he needs someone to help him pick up prescription refills, he’ll have that help. If he wants someone to read nutrition labels while he’s grocery shopping, that’s possible with elder care.
Your dad lives alone and doesn’t have a large social circle. If he doesn’t have people visiting often, he can get an elder care agency to send him a caregiver for companionship visits.
His caregiver can play games with him, join him on walks, and watch movies with him. If he’d like to go to a local museum or park for an outing, his caregiver can join him on that outing.
Housekeeping and Laundry Tasks
Your dad may not be able to clean his home appropriately for his safety. His caregiver can do all of the main housekeeping chores like vacuuming, dusting, dishes, sweeping, and wiping down counters.
Once a week or sooner if it’s needed, your dad will have a caregiver available to change and launder his sheets and clothing. His towels will be washed and dried. Clean towels will be hung for him.
Your dad may not remember when it’s time to take his medications or which to take. It’s okay if this happens as he can have a caregiver for medication reminders. His caregiver will let him know what he needs to take if he should take it with water or milk, and when to take them.
When his prescriptions need to be refilled, his caregiver can help him with medication reminders. If he needs to talk to his doctor to get the refill approved, his caregiver can help him.
Preparation of Meals and Snacks
His caregiver can help your dad plan a weekly menu, build a shopping list, and prepare meals and snacks. His caregiver can cook meals for him or involve him as much as he’d like to help out.
Elder Care Aides Provide Transportation to Appointments and Businesses
Your dad is unable to drive or struggles to get ready for appointments on time. His caregiver can help him get ready for an appointment, drive him to the office, and escort him to the registration desk.
While he’s in with his doctor or dentist, his caregiver will sit in the waiting room until he’s ready to leave. If he needs to schedule another appointment, his caregiver will help him schedule it.
Call our elder care agency to make arrangements for the services that benefit your dad. You want to choose services that help him live independently, even if you’re not around to help out.