Understanding Health Care Protocols

When I adopted a pair of twins, one of the first things that struck me was how many doctor's appointments they needed to go to. As we took them to all of their baby well-checks, I realised that these appointments were designed to find and address issues early before they caused other problems. Fortunately, our family paediatrician found a few critical problems that we were able to resolve head-on, and it was immensely helpful. Check out this blog for information about health care, preventative care, and helping your child to enjoy a better life. I know that some of these tips helped me, and I know that they can help you too.

3 Reasons To Look Into In Home Care For Your Aging Parent


Watching your parent get older and begin to struggle with health, mobility, or cognitive issues can be very difficult. It's important that instead of helplessly watching as your aging parent begins to struggle, you look for concrete ways to help them and make their life easier. One of the best things you can do for an aging parent is to help them get signed up for in-home care. Here are a few of the biggest reasons to do so.

1. In-Home Care Makes Daily Life Easier

In many cases, a senior may experience increased difficulty with living at home, but not to such an extent that they want to move into an assisted living facility. In-home care is an ideal way to give your parent the extra daily support they need, while still allowing them to remain independent in their own home. Here are a few of the daily tasks in-home care helps with:

  • Errand running
  • Rides to appointments
  • Light cleaning
  • Food prep
  • Medication management
  • Companionship and conversation
  • Personal hygiene
  • Laundry

2. In-Home Care Eases Caregiver Guilt

It is very common for adult children to experience caregiver guilt because they cannot offer their aging parent the amount of support and attention they need. Even though you do what you can to help your parent and ensure they are okay, you have your own responsibilities as well. Rather than neglecting your own career, family, and self-care to be on-call every day with your parent, enlist the help of an in-home health aide who has been specifically trained to help in this way. You can still find ways to help your parent, just with less guilt and pressure.

3. In-Home Care Is Often Covered by Health Insurance

If you or your parent are worried about the potential cost of in-home health care, you may be reassured to learn that it's often covered by health insurance. In particular, Medicare offers coverage for in-home health care, but so do many other types of insurance. Even if your parent is uninsured or their insurance coverage is more limited, in-home health care can be seen as a more affordable alternative to an assisted living facility since the in-home health aide is only needed on a part-time basis.

As you can see, helping your aging parent get set up with in-home care will make their life easier and more comfortable, while giving you peace of mind at the same time.


24 September 2018