Mar 15, 2018 by Michael Craig
As we age, we all face a number of possible ailments. When you see an aging loved one face frailty, memory loss, chronic diseases or other issues, you may worry that they will lose their independence because they need more help. Suddenly, everyday chores like bathing, running errands, and cooking become hard or even impossible for them. Luckily, in-home care can help seniors maintain their home and their health while preserving their freedom and independence. As the person overseeing your loved one’s care, it’s up to you to recognize the signs that they really do need the in-home care help. Here are some things to watch out for.
You might notice that dishes aren’t done and are piling up in the sink. The garbage might be in a bag next to the door, but not down at the curb, as it should be. And the laundry could be adding up as well. A messy home could show signs that your loved one simply can’t do it on their own any longer. It’s too difficult for them and they can no longer keep up. In-home care can help with all of those issues.
You know it’s best to eat right and you want the best for your loved one as well. When their cupboards are filled with processed foods or they have expired foods on every shelf, they may be having challenges cooking and running errands. Help with groceries or meal preparation through in-home care could aid their nutrition, their energy, and even their health.
If you notice your loved one hasn’t combed their hair recently or hasn’t bathed in a while, it could be because they simply can no longer do it themselves and they are embarrassed to ask for help. It could also be a result of a cognitive impairment. In-home care can get your loved one the personal care they need without embarrassing them as much as they would be if someone they know well helped.
Everyone can slip and fall on occasion, but if your loved one is showing bruising and soreness more often, they could be falling and injuring themselves around the house. Perhaps they have vertigo or diminished motor skills. In-home care can give them support systems to prevent such falls and reduce the risks overall.
It’s okay that you can’t handle every health issue your loved one has. Some things are too complicated for someone without experience in the area. If your loved one is recovering from surgery or an illness or has a progressive or chronic health issue you don’t understand, in-home care can fill in the gaps.
Comfort Keepers is here to work with you to ensure that your loved one gets all of the care they need without question. Set up an individualized plan and change that plan at any time.