Last week, a dear friend told me a harrowing story about his elderly mother.
She’s 85 years-old. She’s raised 5 children. As a girl, she rode horses. When her last child moved away, she took-up gardening and swimming classes. She tries to walk 3 miles every day. At 62, she finally achieved her lifelong dream of earning a Bachelor’s Degree–all 12 of her grandchildren witnessed her crossing the stage to receive her diploma.
And then: he found her fallen in the shower.
She’d been alone for hours, struggling to get up. Bruises purpled her elbows, darkened her right thigh from knee to hip. She could hardly move. She’d been laying there so long, her hair had dried.
What upset him the most, he told me, was what she said as he helped her up: I’m sorry.
“I’m sorry,” she’d said. “I’m so embarrassed.”
Your loved-one should not have to struggle to perform Activities of Daily Living. Your loved-one should not feel embarrassed to receive help. As we age, it is completely natural for our bodies carry the weight of our collective years. Sometimes, illness makes daily living difficult. Sometimes, age alone makes daily living difficult, regardless of physical and mental fitness. It is distressing to realize that something as simple (and necessary) as eating can no longer be accomplished alone.
Your loved-one needs comfort. Your loved-one should not feel ashamed. You’re loved-one should consider professional in-home care.
The Importance of Completing ADLs with Ease
Activities of Daily Living, or ADLs, are self-care tasks that must be completed in order to live a healthy life. Eating, bathing and hygiene, dressing, grooming, mobility, toileting, and continence, are all considered ADL’s.
When Activities of Daily Living cannot be completed alone, your loved-one is at risk of a sharp decline in quality of life–suffering physically, mentally, and emotional. The shower becomes a dangerous slipping-zone, resulting in injury. The kitchen becomes a place of starvation, where food is unable to be prepared or unable to be eaten. The bed becomes a trap, an island of immobility than cannot be escaped.
This hardship does not have to be endured alone. Nor does your family have to be burdened by providing care themselves. A professional, in-home caregiver can best help your loved-one complete their ADL’s.
How In-Home Caregivers Provide the Best ADL Assistance
In-home caregivers are usually Certified Nursing Assistants. Caregivers are professionally trained to tend to your loved-one’s needs. Your loved-one’s caregiver is an experienced professional, whose knowledge and specified education ensures the health, happiness, and safety of your loved-one.
An in-home caregiver can dramatically improve your loved-one’s quality of life by assisting with your loved-one’s Activities of Daily Living. Your caregiver will be chosen based on your loved-one’s unique and particular needs. With an in-home caregiver, your loved-one is getting a companion to provide ADL support, as well as social support, without infringing on your loved-one’s sense of independence. An in-home caregiver better enables your loved-one to continue living alone in the comfortable familiarity of their own home.
Maintaining Healthy Hygiene, Bathing, & Grooming Habits
A professional in-home caregiver will assist your loved-one with all their hygiene needs. They will help your loved-one in and out of the shower, remaining vigilant in case of any slips or falls. An in-home caregiver can help with dental hygiene as well, overall ensuring that hair, fingernails, skin, are all well-kept. Whether difficulties come from limited mobility or severe illness, a professional in-home caregiver will enhance your loved-one’s daily bathing and hygiene experiences.
Your loved-one can rely on an in-home caregiver to help with all mobility difficulties. A caregiver can assist with maneuvering wheelchairs, walkers, or canes, around the home, as well as assisting with transferring, such as getting out of bed, getting onto the toilet, getting off of the toilet, and managing stairs. Having an in-home caregiver ensures your loved-one remains mobile, active, and is never left stranded in their own home.
With an in-home caregiver, your loved-one will not have to strain to get dressed or undressed. Your loved-one’s limited range of mobility may cause them pain as they struggle to put on socks or pull a shirt overhead. Should your loved-one’s situation be more dire, a caregiver will also ensure that your loved-one is appropriately dressed, and never out in a nightgown or dramatically mismatched clothing articles. An in-home caregiver helps your loved-one look good and feel good, boosting self-confidence and encouraging independence.
Helping with Food Preparation and Consumption
An in-home caregiver will ensure your loved one is properly and healthily fed. If your loved-one has dexterity difficulties that makes cooking and the process of eating arduous, the in-home caregiver will cook and/or feed your loved-one. In home caregivers even have the training and experience needed to assist your loved-one should they have difficulty chewing or swallowing.
Caring for Bathroom Capabilities
An in-home caregiver will professionally provide help with any bathroom needs. Your caregiver is trained to treat this assistance sensitively, optimizing your loved-one’s overall comfort and sense of ease. Bowel and bladder management is delicate and essential. Your caregiver will give your loved-one the care they need.