We make promises to our parents. They beg us not to ever put them in a nursing home as we age, and we tell them okay. I’ve heard this story so many times. Most of it comes from the fear of these awful stories in the press. Now, I cannot stand here and tell you that it’s not true! But I can say that I will not allow that for my clients. I hand-pick every assisted-living home I recommend. Why? Because our parents deserve a quality of life and dignity.
Even though I curate the best choices in South Florida, some families want their parents to stay home. Home care is okay! As long as your loved one is being taken care of by a trained professional, such as a nurse or caretaker. A professional will be useful in case of emergencies! We must also prevent the potential for social isolation. Believe it or not, loneliness can perpetuate mental degradation. People that have a strong support system have a lower risk of dementia. However, once people start experiencing mental degradation, they tend to withdraw and isolate. This isolation can cause a deeper depression which further perpetuates the mental disease. At one point or another, it becomes inappropriate to leave your parents home alone.
It’s always important to create a safe environment for your loved one. The key to success is a 24-hour structure with active mental and physical stimulation. It is important to install a continuous source motivation, direction, and validation. This way, they feel cared for, useful, and supported.
I am currently working with a client who is in his late 90’s. He has lived on the water his whole life! His daughter wants him to stay on his property with the private aid they’ve hired. I support home health and find that it works with adequate aid and companionship. Be sure that your caretakers are honest, responsible, professional, and compassionate. We must remember, no matter what promises we made, our priority is safety and quality of life.
I pick out the facilities I recommend to my clients. I have researched and developed relationships with the homes I recommend. Each recommendation made considers every aspect of someone’s life. I aim at all-inclusive homes that are low costs, and high quality. They specialize in caring for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. I do the best I can to make sure that there is a seamless transition between home care and assisted-living. If you have any questions or concerns, please call me. I am always here to help.