Mom Need A Little Help?

by Lois Etienne on July 22, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Have you been over to your mother’s house recently and the mail was piling up and unopened, or you noticed food in the refrigerator with some mold on it or things were just generally in disarray, very unlike your mom. Older adults who begin to show signs that they need help around the house don’t necessarily need to think about leaving. Assistance can help keep seniors home longer than they otherwise could without help. Observation and careful attention to the problem should be your first course of action. Avoid diagnosing a problem and deciding on a solution quickly. Approach your mother with a sense of working together to find a solution rather than telling her what to do.

The specific circumstances – such as financial constraints – may be relevant. Is the problem simply that your mother is physically challenged by strenuous housework or is she deteriorating mentally? Does she just need help tidying up around the house or are other aspects of her personal care, such as bathing, going downhill?

Assuming that the problem is physical where vacuuming or bending is becoming an issue, begin the conversation with an offer: “Mom, I have some extra cash. What do you say we find someone to help you with the heavy stuff, like vacuuming? It will be my treat.”

Seniors are often very willing to accept help around the house. Hiring caregivers not only provide services such as light housekeeping, but also companionship, meal preparation, medication reminders, errands and shopping. Hiring caregivers also frees you to be mom’s daughter again, not the caregiver. At Home Instead Senior Care, every effort is made to match CAREGivers with seniors of similar interests. CAREGivers can be a great support for seniors both at home and in the community.

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