Your parents are your providers during the early stages of your life. They offer you love, shelter and support until you’re ready to move on to the next phase of your life. It can be difficult coming to terms with the fact that your parents are aging—but they need your support. In many cases, senior home care is the best option. Here’s what to do when your parents move into your home.

Make time for your parents

More than 40% of seniors say they often feel lonely. Studies show that seniors who are lonely are at a greater risk of developing chronic illnesses. Moving your parent into home isn’t enough, if you aren’t interacting with them. Spend time with them, and make socialization a priority. Your parents will need companionship and support. It will supplement any senior home care that is provided by another family member, caregiver or nurse.

Determine the amount assistance needed

Once a parent has moved in, it’s important to consider how much home care he or she will need. Making a note of ADLs (activities of daily living) will determine if your parent needs constant attention, or help with a selection of activities. Examine your parent’s cognitive, mobile, and physical abilities before talking with a representative about what type of senior home care is needed. You can use this chart to help identify the best option for your parent.

Get trained so you can take care of your parents

Studies show 90% of people living with a family member requiring senior home care don’t feel like they have the enough support or training to take care of their loved ones. Our educators want to empower and equip family members with a skillset that will alleviate their fears, and prepare them to be excellent caretakers.

At Family Tree, we believe in the power of education.  Our expert care home educators can provide you with the tools needed to give your parents the best personal, in-home care. Family members can attend a seminar, class, or private training session. Home safety, diabetes care and wound cleaning are just a few of the options.