It’s time. You need to think about how your dad will continue to manage living at home alone. There’s no shame in needing help. He may think it will affect his independence. With the right caregiver, he embraces life with vigor but doesn’t struggle to keep himself and his home safe. Here are five things to do right now.
Explore His Home Environment
How many stairs does he have in the home? Can he still climb and descend stairs with ease? Are the stairs carpeted or wooden? Could he slip?
In the bathroom, a high bathtub wall can pose a problem to a senior who struggles to stand on one leg. As he lifts on leg over the tub wall, is he able to maintain his balance? Would he have an easier time if he had a grab bar to hold?
Are his floors in good shape? Is his carpet coming apart in areas and curling at the edges? Is his wooden floor covered with decorative rugs that slip when you aren’t paying attention?
The home may need some updates to be safe for your aging dad. Many of these updates are easy to do and don’t take much time.
While updating your dad’s home to be easier for him to get around, clear out clutter. If he’s been stockpiling magazines, it’s a good time to move them into recycling bins. He may have more pans in his cupboards than he needs.
Go through his items, find out what he uses, and clear the rest out. Once his house is organized, it will be easier to keep clean and gives him more room to move around.
Go Over Activities of Daily Living Checklists With Him
Activities of daily living and independent activities of living are tasks your dad should be able to do by himself. Some involve personal care, and others include things he should be able to do for the home. Find out what he can do easily and what challenges him.
When you know what he can’t do or has a hard time doing, you can plan his senior care. You’ll know what services he needs and what is a waste of money.
Gather the Family Members
Gather immediate family members. Before hiring caregivers, it’s good to see what others can help get done each week. You might have a sister who is happy spending the day with your dad on a Friday. You might have a Monday free.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN SURPRISE, AZ, CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY (623) 748-3301.