If you or a loved one requires in home elder care, it can seem like an overwhelming job to find the right professionals to work with. Creating a checklist and working from it, though, can streamline the process significantly. Let's look at four items that should be on your checklist.
The first thing you need to figure out is exactly what has to be done. There's a huge gap in the level of elder care that has to be provided for someone who might need some assistance with laundry, for example, versus a person who requires wound care.
You know that your aging loved ones will begin to lose some of their memory, entirely related to age. You know that the brain, like all muscles, will begin to atrophy at some point and will slowly lose its ability to recall things quickly and may even start to lose the ability to recall certain events or actions at all. Since memory loss to some degree is a normal part of aging, how do you know when too much is potentially dangerous to your loved one's health?
Seniors who live at home alone may start to feel isolated. As abilities decline, most people stop doing the activities they love because it becomes too hard to drive or live independently. While the senior may be safe most of the time, their quality of life will suffer as they become less social. Assisted living is designed to promote independence, while providing the support services that are helpful to an individual who is getting older and struggling to keep up with daily chores.
Applied Behavior Analysis is a type of therapy used to help children who are on the autism spectrum. The therapy is geared toward teaching the children daily life skills, socialization, and more. The therapy can be delivered at home or in centers/clinical settings, and the choice between the two is often presented as essentially zero-sum — one or the other. But there is a case to be made for having some therapy at home and some at a center.