Providing Care at Home
It gives your loved one comfort and joy to be ageing at home, a familiar place, and improves their quality of life.
You can enable your elderly loved ones to live as independently as possible by taking some steps to make home living safe and comfortable. This includes Home modifications, where you make changes to your house, enabling your loved one to safely perform daily activities within his or her ability. Another way to boost your loved one’s safety is getting them assistive devices like motorized wheelchairs, walking aids, or vision aids like glasses. These devices may help them reduce the risk of falls, which is a common cause of injury among seniors.
On a personal note, it is common for caregivers to feel overwhelmed by the many responsibilities. For day-to-day activities, creating a care routine can help to make daily tasks more manageable. In the midst of providing practical care, meaningful engagement with your loved one enhances the experience.
You can boost your skills and confidence with caregiver training courses. In cases where your loved one’s needs go beyond what you can do, there are care services in the community that can help to support your caregiving journey.
As your journey progresses, your loved one’s condition may change or an unexpected event could happen. Therefore, it is important to plan ahead for your own and your loved one’s future health and personal care. Understanding your loved ones' preferences and arranging for future care arrangements will help to alleviate the stress of your family members. This also includes preparing ahead in the event of an emergency at home.
Check out these useful guides on caregiving, which include “Caregiver Basics 101”, “Activities of Daily Living” and “A Caregiver Guide to Avoid Burnout”: https://www.aic.sg/resources/Caregivers%20Information%20Kit
For more information and resources on caregiving, visit https://www.aic.sg/caregiving/Overview