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Is it time for homeshare support for elderly parent?

Determining whether it's time to have live-in homeshare support with an elderly parent depends on various factors and individual circumstances. Here are a few considerations to help you make an informed decision:

  1. Care Needs: Assess your parent's current care needs and whether they require more support is important home share companions are not carers so having adequate professional care in place to assistance with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, medication management is important A home share companion can compliment this and reduce the need for potentially unnecessary extra care.

  2. Safety Concerns: Consider whether your parent's living situation poses any safety risks. If they are at an increased risk of falls, accidents, or other emergencies, having someone sleeping in the house at night in case of an emergency could provide peace of mind and immediate assistance if needed.

  3. Social Interaction: Evaluate your parent's social isolation and loneliness. If they are experiencing a lack of social interaction, having a live-in homeshare companion will provide companionship and emotional support, reducing the risk of depression and improving their overall well-being. Home Share companions give an average of 6 hours of social interaction each week and 4 hours of practical help such as with light house work and shopping for messages.

  4. Family Availability: Assess the availability of family members to provide social contact and interaction can vary. If you and other family members are unable to consistently provide the required level of support, a live-in support person such as a home share companion can help fill the gap and ensure your parent's needs are met.

  5. Financial Considerations: The cost of full time live in care and nursing homes is significant so if your elderly loved one is at a stage where a home share companion would be an adequate fit this is financially a very favorable solution. Review our Fees page here

  6. Personal Preferences: Discuss the idea with your parent and consider their preferences. If they are adamant that they do not want to progress with the idea of a home share companion living in the home with them do not push the concept but leave them to sit with the idea and maybe gently revisit the idea it some menthes later.

It's important to thoroughly evaluate your parent's needs and preferences, consult with healthcare professionals or geriatric care managers, and weigh the pros and cons of various care options before making a decision. If you would like to discuss the idea of Elder Home Share for your loved one please reach out.



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Saoirse Sheridan 

Founder and CEO

Home Share Companion

Elder Home Share

Fumbally Exchange

Argus House, Blackpitts,

Merchants Quay, Dublin

Tel: 087 13 85 628

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