Jan 15, 2018 by Sandra Hatch
Now is the time of year when people are thinking about things they can do to be healthier in the year ahead. One thing you can do to help keep your senior loved one healthy at home in the year ahead is to look at in home health care services for your loved one.
While it may be difficult to admit your senior needs in home health care, 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 you have noticed any of these common signs in your senior loved one it’s time to have a conversation about home care services:
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 at home senior care as a result.
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. A caregiver can help with fall and injury prevention.
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 24 hour home care services.
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 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 health agency can provide.
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 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.
Take the time to talk about in home health care with your senior loved one in Fresno, CA or in the surrounding areas. If you need help bringing up the topic with your loved one or if you have questions about home care, contact us today. One of our senior care specialists can answer your questions and help you find a way to bring up the subject of home care with your loved one.