How Do I Know When It Is Time to Consider an In-Home Care Option?
In our previous post, we discussed some of the available in-home care assistance options. So your next thought may be: how do I know when it is actually time to move forward with investing in an in-home care option?
First things first. Try to be proactive about anticipating your aging loved one’s needs. The last thing you want to do is to wait until an accident or an injury has occurred before you get the ball rolling. Instead, focus on being prepared to have proper care assistance and accommodations in place for when the time comes.
Here are some helpful hints for knowing when it’s time to ask for additional, professional help with caregiving tasks:
Struggling with Balance: If your loved one is having balancing issues; whether it be remaining in a standing position, difficulty transitioning from seated to standing, pain when rising, dizziness or other notable challenges, then you’ll want to start monitoring and preparing the home for fall prevention. According to an article from the National Council on Aging, “every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.”
Decline in Personal Hygiene: If you notice that your aging loved one is failing to properly care for themselves, then you may need someone to provide daily assistance with these routine tasks. This could include showering or bathing, changing clothes from day to day, brushing teeth or hair, or ignoring other hygienic issues.
Memory Issues: Although forgetfulness can be a typical part of aging, consistently failing to attend appointments, take medication, pay bills, or even clean the fridge can signify a more serious illness.
Chronic Caregiver Stress: As a family caregiver, you have a lot on your plate. You may put too much pressure on yourself and when you pile your plate too high, it’s bound to spill over. It’s okay to admit you can’t do it alone and to ask for assistance. The end goal is to ensure that your loved one is receiving the best care possible; so when you realize that you need help, then take advantage of the resources available to you and your family. After all, self care is a critical component in helping to achieve this overall mission.
Of course, these aren’t the only signs you should be on the lookout for; unsafe driving, depression, loneliness, fatigue and many other warning signals may present themselves to you. Keeping the lines of communication open with your aging loved one, other family members and medical professionals can help to mitigate and reduce the risk of injury and ensure that your loved one receives the proper stages of in-home care, as necessary.
What led you to pursue in-home care assistance for your loved one?
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