Leaving an older loved one that needs assistance alone for long periods of time can put them in danger and cause excessive stress. Home care can help to ease the burden on you and your loved one, while preventing injuries and issues. It is best that they start receiving home care assistance early, but how do you know when it’s time to consider home care?
Signs That Home Care Is Needed
It may be helpful to refer to a checklist of possible red flags in order to determine whether your loved one needs more help. Issues that may indicate a need for home care assistance include:
- Your loved one has trouble getting dressed or fastening clothing
- Toileting and bathing present complications for your loved one
- They are unable to prepare meals or need frequent assistance
- Nutritional needs are not being met due to problems with eating
- Medications are sometimes missed or forgotten
- Walking requires assistance or frequent falls occur
- Household chores are being ignored or present difficulty
- There is frequent confusion, items are regularly lost
- Mood and emotions are abnormal or mood swings are common
Family Home Care Benefits
There is often guilt and anxiety associated with beginning conversations about seeking more assistance for your aging loved one. It can be difficult to admit that they are in need of more care than you and your family is able to provide.
However, admitting that you are having trouble keeping up with your loved ones needs is the first step to finding a solution that can help you and your family to get some relief. Your loved one is counting on you, and sometimes seeking more help is the very best thing that you can do to preserve their health and well being.
If you are unsure whether your loved one may benefit from home care services, we can help you. ComForCare staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak to you about the red flags that you are seeing and what they may mean. Our professionals are here to talk you through your options and help you decide what is right for your aging loved one. Seeking our services may help you to keep your loved one out of the hospital or assisted facility, allowing them to remain comfortably in their home longer.
Our professionals can help you evaluate your loved one’s need for home care.