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Signs a Senior Needs Help at Home
Sometimes it’s easy to know when your older parent needs home care services; after a stroke or surgery, it’s pretty obvious that assistance will be needed with daily activities and hygiene. It’s more difficult when the need isn’t so prominent. People are notorious for being independent and stubborn about asking for help well past the point of their own comfort and safety, so it may be up to their family and friends to bring up the subject.
Home Care Needs Assessment
Expect some resistance when you tell a loved one there’s a need for senior care. It’s difficult to go from being the person who took care of everyone in the family to being the one who needs care. Even if you mention things you’ve noticed, they may brush them off as one-time occurrences, or “just your imagination.” That’s why it’s important to take note of actions and behaviors over time, so you can build a case. Get support from other people around the person, such as family members, friends, or neighbors. A person won’t notice their own decline, but when presented with evidence of actions over time, it won’t be seen as a case of “you just want me out of the way.” Here are several “red flags” that indicate a need for some type of home health care.
Changes in Mental Function
Changes in Personal Hygiene and Home Care
Home Care Services
These signs don’t necessarily mean that your loved one needs to be moved into an assisted living facility or nursing home. It just means that regular daily activities may be a little too much for them for whatever reason, and they might need a little bit of help. How much help depends on the individual and their health conditions. Someone who can’t bend and reach to scrub anymore but is otherwise fine will do well with weekly cleanings. Someone with vision issues might just need rides to the store and appointments. Someone who can’t get into a bathtub without assistance or is unable to comprehend why the electric bill must be paid every month needs in-home care on a regular basis. There are a wide variety of options for senior caregivers these days, so it pays to do research and find out what’s available for your particular situation. A small amount of assistance now for your loved one will prevent a larger issue from developing, such as a broken bone from a fall, that could mean a permanent trip to a nursing facility.
When the time comes to look for caring, compassionate senior caregivers whom you can trust with your loved one, there’s only one name you need to remember – Assisting Hands Home Care. We know this is a challenging time for families, so we do our part by making sure our caregivers are carefully screened and trained to provide sensitive and confidential home care assistance. We work with each family to create a plan just for their loved one that details all types of assistance needed. We can help with meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping, and companionship. For people with more needs, we offer senior care that includes bathing assistance, restroom use, incontinence care, and personal appearance care. Our skilled caregivers do everything possible to help your loved one age in the comfort and privacy of their own home for as long as possible, and treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve.
2/28/2022 04:14:43 am
Thank you for pointing out that when confusion sets in, home health care is something to consider. My grandmother is experiencing a lot of confusion with turning off her water, leaving food cooking and forgetting, etc. We will call for a home health care service as soon as we can.
6/14/2022 10:59:30 am
Excellent post! It helps a lot when you mention the importance of discussing home care with a senior as soon as you notice any signs and changes in their daily lives. Thank you for sharing!
8/2/2022 04:54:30 pm
Thanks for explaining how weight loss in a senior is a sign that they require help at home. My two sisters and I have noticed that our mom is starting to lose weight quickly, likely because she isn't eating enough. We'll have to look into hiring a professional home care service for seniors to provide the assistance that our mom needs.
8/31/2022 01:06:29 am
9/6/2022 04:56:05 am
Excellent post! It helps a lot when you mention that There are a few signs that may indicate a senior needs help at home. I just love this post on Home Care Services for seniors. Thank you for making this such an awesome post!
10/31/2022 12:42:55 am
Amazing article. It's important to talk to your loved one about getting some help at home. There are a variety of senior care services available that can make it easier for them to stay safe and independent in their own homes.
11/9/2022 08:31:40 pm
Thank you for pointing out that elders may need assistance at home if they have balance, mobility, or walking issues. My grandfather has a persistent ailment that prevents him from walking. I intend to hire a licensed home health care provider so that my father can be treated without leaving the house.
It got me when you said that home care is already needed when a senior has trouble understanding why some things have to be done such as paying the bills every month. My grandmother lives on her own, and it seems that she started having memory issues at times. It would be safer for her to have a professional to assist her, but she should still be in her own house to ensure that she will not feel pressured or stressed.
11/9/2022 11:59:27 pm
I liked how you wrote that home eldercare can help your seniors in their regular daily activities. My friend told me that their senior needs heal at home. I should advise them to hire a caregiver with years of experience in home elder care.
11/17/2022 08:45:27 am
It helped when you said that you should understand your actions to have proper planning for your Medicare plans. As we moved to our current area, my mother informed me she was hoping to find a Medicare solution to help make the most out of her Medicare insurance health plans. You did a fantastic job of explaining how a medicare service can help her with her planning. I’ll share this with her.
12/6/2022 07:52:38 am
It really helped when you described what warning signs that'll help us know if our loved one needs professional caring. Recently, my sister and I visited our grandmother and noticed that she's been losing a lot of weight from eating unhealthy food, so we think it's time we seek professional help. Thank you for helping us understand the physical changes that our loved ones could be facing due to aging.
12/7/2022 10:29:35 pm
Thank you for pointing out that there are many choices available to senior caregivers today, so it pays to do some research and find out what's available for your specific circumstance. My grandmother wants to be taken care of by senior home care services. I'll conduct research to find my grandmother the best senior home care services.
12/13/2022 12:51:42 am
I appreciate when you talked about doing our research when it comes to learning why a person might already need senior in-home care services, since there might be various reasons. I will mention this to my mom regarding the well-being of my grandmother. She already has vision problems sine the start of this year.
12/13/2022 01:03:55 am
Thank you for highlighting that forgetfulness, consistently using poor judgment, and lack of attention to personal appearance and payment notices are factors to be considered for giving assistance to seniors. My grandfather recently had a stroke and has been showing signs that she needs extended help, but I cannot be there for her now that my family with my husband is growing. Maybe I should consider finding a senior in-home care that would cater to her needs well.
12/15/2022 09:50:57 am
Thank you for explaining how home care can be a good idea if you notice weight loss or problems with mobility. My sister has been thinking about finding someone to help our mom while she's at home. She said that she's having problems moving around now, so I'll see about sharing this with her so we can come up with a good way to help.
12/30/2022 12:49:19 am
Such a informative post, live in caretaker, We’re here to help with the everyday needs of the elderly community to give you peace of mind that your loved ones are being taken care of. For many years, Polish Helping Hands has provided personal care, overnight stays, and even housekeeping services.
3/27/2023 04:38:10 am
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3/27/2023 07:54:30 pm
Assisting everything first is essential. That's why working in home health care is challenging but it's worth it. Making sure that our seniors are happy and healthy.
3/28/2023 05:20:51 am
Great job! Thanks for explaining everything. Physical, mental, and emotional symptoms often overlap in older people who need home care. Elderly people may need help with ADLs like washing and grooming. Seniors who need help with IADLs like light housekeeping and shopping may also need help living independently. My senior relative needs home treatment. They would benefit from hiring an experienced senior home caretaker.
4/6/2023 11:30:44 am
It stood out to me when you mentioned that forgetfulness can indicate that a senior needs help at home. I would think that forgetfulness can be an indicator that a senior is starting to lose their memory. If you have a loved one that is having troublesome memory problems, it might be a good idea to consider having them live in a nursing home that provides specialized memory care.
4/7/2023 02:57:47 am
As seniors age, they may require more assistance with daily activities. Here are some signs that a senior may need help at home:
5/8/2023 08:52:39 am
Your writing is so engaging and entertaining. I was hooked from the very first sentence!
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