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Signs that Your Loved One may Need Home Care Services

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With each passing day, your aging loved one is further removed from their youth and yours. They are no longer the parent or grandparent you have known for your whole life. Their relatives and friends are gone. Tasks that were once easy for them are now difficult. They seem alone and helpless. Home care services can restore their connection and confidence. But pride may prevent them from seeking assistance on their own. You may also hesitate to help based on respect for them or similar insistence that everything is OK. Even if you both want to ignore them though, you really cannot overlook these signs that your loved one may need home care services.

 

1)    They are lonely. Though they value their independence and like living in their own home, your parent or other loved one may not get much company. Nor do they necessarily visit with others. So, they may long for companionship.

If this is the case, they may call you often, seemingly for no reason. Or, they may be withdrawn when you visit. Lacking regular interaction can make them somber, or perhaps worse, depressed.

They may lose their desire or interest in cooking and/or eating. Or, they may become irritable, or otherwise moody, teary or sad.

You may also notice that they are concerned about having their affairs in order, particularly if they have recently lost friends or family members.

Companion care services can brighten your loved one’s days. Caregivers can engage them in conversations, arrange appointments and assist with entertaining.

 

2)     Exceptions have become rules. All of us occasionally need help with routine tasks as we age, like doing the dishes or laundry. But your loved one may need home care services if the sink is always full of dishes, or if they wear the same clothes for days because they don’t have anything clean. The house may not be as clean or neat as it used to be either, perhaps as evidenced by mail piling up or remaining unopened.

You might also find spoiled food in their refrigerator, or multiple packages of the same type of food or staple in the cupboards.

Or, the cupboards may be bare. Your loved one may not be able to get to the grocery store to buy fresh food. Or, it may be too difficult for them to cook so they go without.

Homemaker services can ensure that your loved one continues to live in comfort. Caregivers can run errands, cook meals, do laundry and provide general housekeeping services, like taking out the trash.

 

Signs to look for:

     Spoiled food in the refrigerator

     Multiple packages of the same type of food or staple

     Mail is piled up or unopen

     Home is not as clean or neat as it used to be

     Food is left cooking on the stove.

  

3)    They face challenges caring for themselves. You may still remember your parent making sure that you were probably groomed when you were a child. You also probably recall how they have always been neatly dressed and presentable.

Unfortunately, as we age our bodies slow and our memories fade. Once simple tasks like combing our hair, brushing our teeth or taking a bath have become difficult to do, or we do not remember to do them at all.

If your loved one is commonly disheveled or dirty, personal care services can help them maintain their appearance and keep up their health through proper hygiene. Caregivers can make their lives easier without depriving them of their dignity.

A caregiver can also help your loved one maintain their health. For example, they can remind them when to take their medication when they are taking it too often or not enough, and help them to make doctors’ appointments when they are not doing so or are forgetting them when they do.

Or, perhaps neighbors have expressed concerns regarding your loved one or issues are repeatedly being discussed. Maybe they have fallen—at least once—in the past three months.

A caregiver can protect your loved one from harming themselves, by ensuring that they use their walker or cane for example. They may prevent your loved one from hurting others as well, like by running errands for them if you have noticed dents or other damages to their vehicle.

 

 Your loved one has lived their whole life independently, surrounded by friends and loved ones. Even as they age, they can still maintain that independence and continue to engage with others from the comfort of their own home. Signs that they could benefit from home care services may already be there, now that you know where to look.

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 After retiring from her career as a U.S. Naval Officer working predominantly in human resources, Beverly Davis earned her Masters Degree in Health with a concentration in Aging Services Management at the University of North Florida. 

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