Home Care Blog | January 15, 2018
Senior In Home Care | January is a time for new beginning and a commitment to health. For your senior loved one staying safe and healthy at home might mean it’s time for senior care at home. Home caregivers are a great way to give your loved one the extra support they need to allow them to stay in their familiar and well loved home.
It can be difficult to know when it’s time to start talking about home care for seniors.
You may notice that your senior no longer has the desire to participate in hobbies that used to make them happy. They may suddenly become abrasive or moody and hard to recognize. If this is the case, a caregiver can provide them with the companionship they need to improve their mental health.
If you notice that your older loved one seems to forget when to take a shower or visit the doctor, home care may be a good choice for them. Although aging can hinder a senior’s memory, frequent forgetfulness may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia which requires a special type of care that our Comfort Keepers home care agency can provide.
You may notice that your senior doesn’t smell great or hasn’t washed their hair or brushed their teeth in weeks. If this is the case, they are likely suffering from cognitive impairment or an issue with coordination and mobility and may require home care as a result.
A Messy Home
If you visit your older loved one’s home and notice that there are piles of laundry all over the floor, dirty dishes in the sink, and a trash can full of garbage that has not been taken out, your senior may be struggling with activities of daily living such as light housekeeping and meal preparation. Home care services can assist them with these types of activities.
If your senior prefers to remain at home rather than attending social functions and community events, their health is likely deteriorating and they may be afraid to ask for help. A home care plan can include incidental transportation services and encourage an older adult to get out and about.
Frequent Falls or Injuries
In the event that your senior has cuts, bruises, or discoloration, they may be falling and injuring themselves frequently without telling you. Frequent falls may mean that your older loved one has trouble walking, is nauseous, or suffering from poor motor skills. A caregiver can help with fall and injury prevention.
A Chronic Health Condition
If your senior has been diagnosed with a chronic health condition like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, or osteoporosis, they likely require full-time or round-the-clock care that can be provided through home care services.
While it may be difficult to admit your loved one needs senior care, it is an important task that can make a positive difference in their life while giving you and your family the peace of mind you need to know that your older loved one is well cared for throughout this new year.
At Comfort Keepers®, we create individual care plans for every client. These plans include wellness goals that consider physical, mental and emotional health. Our caregivers can help support physician-prescribed diet and exercise plans, provide medication reminders, provide transportation to appointments and help seniors engage in the activities they love the most. And, our caregivers can help senior stay connected with loved ones through video chats, phone calls and care updates. We believe that every senior should experience the best in life.