When an older adult becomes confined to a wheelchair, the demands on family caregivers can increase exponentially. Sometimes, it means having to place the senior in a long-term care facility. However, with some help from home care, you may be able to keep your mom or dad at home with you. If you’re wondering how home care can help with an aging adult in a wheelchair, here are just a few of the things a home care provider can do.
One of your biggest concerns about having a family member in a wheelchair may be how to move them from the wheelchair to the bed, toilet, or other chairs and back again. A home care provider can assist with safely moving your parent from their wheelchair to other surfaces. This can be especially helpful to family caregivers in the mornings and evenings when the senior needs to get in and out of bed.
Getting dressed is especially hard for someone who cannot stand up. A home care provider can assist your parent with parts of dressing they cannot do on their own, such as pulling up their pants or bending down to put on socks and shoes.
Grooming and Bathing.
Depending on the older adult’s disabilities, they may need help with everyday grooming tasks, like brushing their teeth, combing their hair, and washing up. A home care provider can help with these things. Or, if they do not need help, a home care provider can wheel them to the bathroom and make certain everything they need is within reach. When it comes time to bathe, a home care provider can transfer the older adult to a shower chair and, again, make sure they have all the items they need.
A person in a wheelchair may need assistance with meal preparation because being in the wheelchair can put them at the wrong height for the countertops and make reaching things hard. A home care provider can either prepare the meal on their own or act as an assistant to older adults who want to cook for themselves.
Activities and Outings.
Being confined to a wheelchair can be boring if the senior is unable to do the things they once loved. A home care provider can assist them with activities to do at home, such as crafts or other hobbies. They can also take the older adult on outings, such as to the store, a museum, or restaurants. A home care provider can even drive them to friends’ houses or to religious services.