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Understanding Your Mom’s Options for Companion Care

While she's always wanted to stay in her current home, it's getting harder for her to manage everything she needs to do each day.
Companion Care at Home Davis, CA: Companion Care and Seniors
Companion Care at Home Davis, CA: Companion Care and Seniors

Your mom lives alone. While she’s always wanted to stay in her current home, it’s getting harder for her to manage everything she needs to do each day. Have you looked into the benefits of home care services? Here’s what you need to know.

Companionship

Companion Care at Home Davis, CA: Companion Care and Seniors
Companion Care at Home Davis, CA: Companion Care and Seniors

One of the reasons families arrange companion care services is to ensure their parents aren’t alone all day. With a caregiver stopping by all week, your mom has someone to talk to. She’s less likely to feel lonely or isolated.

Help With Errands

Your mom isn’t supposed to drive anymore, but it’s hard for you to schedule time off to drive her to the pharmacy, post office, store, or medical office. Caregivers can help your mom run errands, keep appointments, and go where she needs to go throughout the week.

If your mom has favorite activities at a local senior center, her caregiver can drive her and pick her back up when the luncheon, class, or outing is over. Her caregiver is also available to accompany your mom to her appointments for a haircut, check-up, or flu shot.

Laundry and Housework

Your mom has a hard time pushing around a heavier vacuum. She can’t safely walk up and down the stairs to the laundry room, especially not when she’s carrying a laundry basket. Hire caregivers to do the laundry and housework. 

Your mom’s caregiver can change her sheets, make the bed with clean ones, and do the laundry. When it’s washed and dried, her caregiver folds everything and puts it where it goes. If your mom wants to help, she’s welcome to do so.

Caregivers can dust, wash dishes, run the dishwasher, wipe down the stovetop and inside the microwave, and sweep and vacuum floors and carpets. If your mom needs surfaces like her counters, sinks, and appliance handles wiped down, that’s also possible with home care services.

Meals and Snacks

Your mom has a harder time cooking her meals. It might be that arthritis makes the joints in her fingers stiff and painful. She can’t grip a knife, spoon, or fork well enough to slice, chop, dice, or stir items. She can’t lift a heavier pot or dish from the stove or oven.

When your mom finds it difficult to cook meals or prepare snacks, what does she eat? Like many older adults, she may turn to canned soup, microwaveable pasta or rice pouches, or frozen dinners. They’re often high in saturated fat and sodium and many contain unnecessary added sugar.

Instead, hire companion care aides to cook meals for your mom. They can talk to her about the things she likes to eat and help her plan a menu. If she needs groceries, they can help. When it’s time for a meal or snack, the caregiver who is at her home can make it and sit with her while she eats.

Arrange companion care at home services to make sure your mom is never alone and struggling to complete her daily activities. With companion care at home, she has the help she needs and someone to talk to each week. Call a home care agency to discuss your mom’s situation and arrange companion care services for her.

If you or an aging loved one needs Companion Care at Home in Davis, CA, contact A Better living Home Care today (916) 514-7006

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