If you interact with your senior loved one on a fairly regular basis, you may not be fully aware of some of the signs suggesting it’s time to consider hiring a home caregiver. You may be unintentionally putting your loved one at risk by not being proactive about getting the type of assistance he or she needs to remain independent and safe at home as he or she ages. Here are five ways to tell if it’s time to take this step.
1. Issues with Personal Hygiene
Are you noticing your loved one isn’t bathing as often as he or she should? Is your loved one failing to brush his or her teeth or neglecting his or her general appearance? If “yes” is your answer to questions like these, it may be a sign your loved one is having difficulty with hygiene-related tasks. An in-home care provider can lend a hand with hygiene needs in a way that’s respectful and appropriate.
Families who need help caring for a senior loved one can turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Rowlett senior care. Services available in our customizable care plans include meal prep, mental and social stimulation, assistance with personal hygiene tasks, and much more.
2. Neglected Household Chores
Rotting food in the fridge, a lack of clean clothes, and a cluttered or messy home are among the signs you may notice if an elderly family member can no longer keep up with household chores. Caregivers can perform light housework like dusting and doing laundry, ensure your loved one gets sufficient nutrition from meals, help with grocery shopping, and even sort through mail to identify bills that need attention.
3. Obvious Safety Risks in the Home
If your loved one is no longer diligent about watching out for fall hazards in the home or has issues with clutter that make it difficult to get around, an in-home caregiver can provide much-appreciated peace of mind. Professional caregivers know how to mitigate fall risks and provide assistance with tasks that involve a potential risk of falling, such as getting in and out of the bathtub.
4. Signs of Loneliness or Lack of Socialization
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports nearly 30 percent of seniors in the United States live alone. Simply living alone doesn’t mean your loved one needs in-home care, but it’s an option worth considering if you’re noticing signs of depression or social isolation. An in-home caregiver can help your loved one overcome such issues by:
• Spending time with him or her when you’re not able to
• Providing transportation to local parks and other favorite places in the community
• Planning stimulating activities based on your loved one’s interests
For families living in Rowlett, respite care can be a wonderful solution when their aging loved ones need companionship and socialization a few hours a week or just need minor assistance with daily household tasks. At Home Care Assistance, we thrive on helping seniors maintain their independence while living in the comfort of home.
5. Not Being Able to Provide Sufficient Care Yourself
While you may be able to help out with routine tasks or provide transportation to doctor appointments on a fairly regular basis, it’s not always easy to help when your loved one needs more of your time. You may also find your loved one needs more specialized care than what you can provide. In-home care is a cost-effective way to get the extra help required to manage your loved one’s care needs. In addition to allowing you to tend to your own needs and responsibilities without feeling guilty, in-home care allows you to:
• Choose the level of in-home care that’s needed
• Benefit from assistance provided by trained, carefully screened caregivers
• Take comfort in knowing your loved one is receiving consistent high-quality care
Seniors can face a variety of age-related challenges. Though some families choose to take on the caregiving duties, there may come a time when they need a trusted homecare provider. Families sometimes need respite from their duties so they can focus on their other responsibilities, and some seniors need around-the-clock assistance that their families are not able to provide. Home Care Assistance is here to help. Call us at (972) 722-7833 today to talk to one of our compassionate Care Managers about our high-quality home care services.