If you're going to be providing in-home care for your parents, you're going to need to prepare. You're going to need to have everything ready before you bring your parent's home. This will help ensure a smooth transition to in-home care. Here are four steps you should take when preparing for in-home care.
Gather the Medical Supplies
If your parents are under a doctor's care, you'll need to be prepared for the services they're going to need on a day-to-day basis. Talk to your parent's physician and see if they'll provide you with a detailed list of all the medical supplies you're going to need in order to provide proper care.
The list should include any medical supplies and devices your parents will need, including oxygen tanks, as well as any test kits they may use – such as diabetic testing units. You should also arrange to have equipment such as hospital beds, portable commodes and shower chairs, delivered before your parents move into their new quarters.
Install Safety Features
Depending on your parent's individual needs, you'll need to install safety features throughout your home. These safety features should include grab bars in the shower, as well as next to the toilets. Non-slip safety strips should also be installed on the bathroom tile and inside the showers to help prevent slip and fall accidents.
If your parents have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia, you should also ensure that the doors and windows have additional safety features installed. Child locks should be placed on all windows and exterior doors. In addition, you should consider installing an alarm on all exterior doors – those doors that provide access to the outside world. This will ensure that you're alerted if your parents try to leave the house.
Arrange for Additional Help
There are going to be times when you need to get some time to yourself. Before you begin providing in-home care for your parents, be sure to arrange some additional help. This should be a list of people who are willing, and able, to take over when you need to get away. Be sure to provide them with the information and training they'll need to take care of your parents while you're away.
If you're going to be providing in-home care for your aging parents, you need to be prepared in advance. The information provided here will help ensure that you and your home are ready when it's time to care for your parents.