Jan 12, 2018 by Marlin Duncan
This year make a resolution to give your senior loved one the support they need to stay happy and healthy at home. Often family members put off adult home care help for their senior loved ones until their loved one brings up the idea, but if you have started to notice any signs that your senior loved one might need extra help and be too embarrassed to tell you that they’re struggling:
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 a 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 a cognitive impairment or an issue with coordination and mobility and may require home care as a result.
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.
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.
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. Adult home care providers can help with fall and injury prevention.
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 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 senior needs assistance at home, 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.
If your senior loved one in Hazleton, PA or in the surrounding areas is showing any of these signs, contact us today to find out more about the benefits of adult home care and how a caregiver can help your senior loved one. We will work with you to create a custom care plan that will meet your loved one’s needs.
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