Assembling a Support Network for an Aging Loved One in Sydney, NSW

How to Assemble a Support Network for a Senior Loved One

|

Ageing adults do best when they have a strong network of support in place to help with their needs. Now that your senior loved one needs assistance at home, you have many options available to keep him or her physically and emotionally strong. You can start putting together a support team for your parent today by working your way through these steps.

Perform a Needs Assessment

Your first step is to figure out what types of support are needed. While you may know of a few obvious things based on your loved one’s health, there may be other needs you don’t know about. For example, your loved one may not share that he or she is experiencing incontinence or is worried about falling. Go over your loved one’s daily routine, and inspect the house to identify all of his or her needs.

Discuss Your Parent’s Preferences

Your loved one should have the opportunity to share input on any decisions regarding his or her care. Once you identify your loved one’s needs, ask how he or she would like to see them met. For instance, your parent may welcome the idea of having a family member call each day to see what he or she needs. Your loved one may also prefer to have a professional handle tasks he or she feels would burden family and friends.

Ageing adults who require assistance with the tasks of daily living can benefit from reliable senior home care. Sydney, NSW, families trust Home Care Assistance to provide the high-quality care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. Our care workers are trained to help seniors prevent and manage serious illnesses and encourage them to make healthier decisions as they age.

Consider Time Constraints

People often want to help but don’t have the time, which can lead to problems if a family member suddenly backs out of his or her responsibilities. You should also avoid the mistake of trying to do more than you can comfortably accomplish in one day. Think about each member of the support team to make sure everyone can realistically manage their duties. If not, add a few more people to the network. Ideally, no one should be doing so much that he or she gets burned out. 

Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family carers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. Sydney families rely on our care workers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation.

Find Out Who Is Available to Help

Now that you have a list of people, it’s time to get to work asking each one what he or she is willing to do. As you make your requests, try to have specific tasks each person can do and allow the person to decide if it’s something he or she is capable of handling. Remember, it’s okay if someone turns down your request. It doesn’t mean he or she doesn’t care. It simply means he or she may be overextended already. Honesty allows you to move forward by asking someone else.

Aim for Consistency with Professional Care Workers

A professional care worker can round out a support team by making sure your loved one receives consistent care. When a regular care worker stops by often, your loved one gets to develop a relationship that helps everyone work together better. Your loved one’s professional carer is also the person to go to when you need a break or have a duty no one else can manage.

One of the most challenging tasks of helping an elderly relative age in place safely and comfortably is researching agencies that provide home care. Sydney families can turn to Home Care Assistance for reliable, high-quality in-home care for ageing adults. We offer 24-hour live-in care for seniors who require extensive assistance, and we also offer respite care for family carers who need a break from their caring duties. Reach out to us at Home Care Assistance if you need compassionate, professional care for your loved one. Call one of our dedicated Care Managers today at [hca_phone] to learn about the high quality of our in-home aged care services.

Let us help you

Home Care Assistance Sydney City and East can help. Call Our Local Team today for your complimentary in-home assessment.

Call Your Local Team

Contact the team at Home Care Assistance Sydney City and East anytime
(02) 9158 3880 or by email at infosydeast@homecareassistance.com

Very happy with this Company looking after my Home Care Package. Very friendly staff and always available to arrange things. Also the home care and help in garden is excellent and I couldn't do... without them.read more
As a former employee of this company working in the office and as a Carer, I cannot recommend this company enough. They genuinely care for their clients and employees. I loved working there with... Jeremy and his staff, but unfortunately had to leave due to relocation. I would not hesitate to recommend HCA Syd East to all clients who are aged and/or with disabilities to engage this service provider for all their vital services to enable you to live and enjoy staying in your own home and to be as independent as possible. Jeremy and his staff really listen to your needs, goals and aspirations and do their very best to match you up with a compatible and suitably qualified Carer. Nothing is too much trouble.read more
As We are the Family With kid experienced to stay by this agent, I can not recommend this company enough. They genuinely care for their clients, whenever I asked for help a person I contact with... always try her best to help that I most thankful for her.read more
Home Care Assistance run by Jeremy and Samantha, a lovely couple with a caring attitude and a family themselves. After bringing my Mum to Sydney and needing expert help immediately I found HCA online... and liked their story. As soon as they walked in our door, we knew we were safe. I liked the fact that there was direct contact with the owners and nothing was too much trouble. The carers selected for Mum were perfect for her and very capable. Unfortunately Mum has had to move to a nursing home now but I would happily recommend this wonderful business to anyone with aged care needs.read more
Jeremy is a really good man, he has fantastic family values and cares for everyone. I would definitely recommend Health Care Assistance to help you and your family
Great team