As your loved ones age, it’s natural to start worrying about their health and safety, but how do you know when it’s time to seek help? How do you decide what kind of help your loved ones need?
The key to maintaining independent living is recognizing the signs that a family member may need in-home assistance.
It tends to start off small: As your parents or other loved ones begin to age, they may reach out and ask you for help with little household chores. Gradually, you’ll notice they need help with bigger tasks, such as bathing. It’s at this time you might ask yourself, “How do I take care of my aging parents?” and “Is it time seek professional care services?”
By being aware of the signs that your loved one needs home care, you can help find the services they need, so they can continue to age in place safely in their own home.
Here are some signs that it may be time for professional home care services For more signals, download our one-page guide, “Signs It May Be Time to Consider Home Care.”
- Evidence of falls such as bruises
- Weight loss., diminished appetite, unwillingness to prepare meals, spoiled food in the refrigerator
- Diminished driving skills or recent car accidents
- A recent diagnosis of Alzheimer's or another form of dementia
However, in-home care isn’t just for older adults. Anyone who needs non-medical support and assistance with everyday activities can benefit from our services such as:
- New parents
- Adults with disabilities
- Those recovering from an illness or surgical procedure
Professional home care services also often complement other types of care someone may be receiving already, such as hospice or home health care.
How Do I Talk to My Aging Loved Ones About Home Care?
It can be challenging to know what to say and how to approach your aging loved ones about professional care services. Although you have good intentions, the conversation may not go as smoothly as planned. For example, your loved ones may feel as if they are a burden, but they may not realize that you are simply trying to find the best way to meet their and your needs. To effectively communicate with your loved one about long-term care, download our e-book, “Important Things to Discuss With Your Aging Loved Ones."