keep elderly parents in own home

Often at times of crisis, a decision is made to put an old person into a care home. Their loved ones panic about their future care and often health care professionals will suggest a care home as the best option, but is it always the right choice?

It is incumbent on all of us to ensure that, even at times of particular stress and illness, we make the right decisions for our elderly parent
The crisis triggers and what you can do to help

These can be illness, or falls, which make everyone wonder if the person should be alone at home any more. Often the problems are smaller, yet big enough for your ageing parent and you to worry about their ability to cope. These can be:

Getting in a muddle with medication:

your parent cannot remember when to take their pills  or whether they have already taken them. There are a number of possible solutions, however:
Pillboxes with set alarms to remind your ageing parent to take their medication at the right time

Reviewing medication with the pharmacist, rather than the GP. A pharmacist can often offer very helpful tips, such as liquid medicine instead of pills, if swallowing is an issue and slow-release tablets to lessen the number of pills taken. Their advice can then be reviewed with the doctor

Ring and reward services, who will call your parent every day to remind them to take their medication, with the added benefit of some human contact on the phone

Catheter problems

A combination of an ageing parent with a catheter and dementia can be a real worry

Ask your parent’s GP to refer them to continence services in the NHS, who can help with catheter care
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