The senior years bring many changes that impact a person's safety and comfort at home. However, many of the conditions that come with aging are minor enough that a senior can continue to age in place with assistance.
Sometimes, seniors are hesitant to reach out for help out of pride or the fear of losing their independence. As you spend time with your loved one, watch for these signs that it may be time to open up a dialogue about the benefits of in-home care.
1. They Have Lost Weight
Malnutrition becomes increasingly more likely as a person ages. Although health issues that affect digestion can sometimes cause this, it is also possible that your senior loved one struggles with preparing meals if they have a health condition such as arthritis that makes it hard to chop food.
A professional caregiver can help your loved one to perform cooking tasks such as opening jars or planning a healthy menu. Your loved one may also benefit from having a companion to share meals with so that they are not tempted to skip eating out of boredom.
2. They Seem Socially Isolated
A senior who lives alone may spend many hours without talking to someone else. Unfortunately, isolated seniors are more likely to experience mental health conditions such as depression. With companion care services, your loved one can enjoy knowing that they have someone to talk to every day.
3. They Experienced a Medication Mishap
Multiple prescriptions can get hard to manage, and you may notice that your loved one's medicine cabinet is disorganized or that they forget to take their pills. In serious cases, your loved one may have even had a mishap that led to a need for hospitalization.
Although in-home caregivers cannot prescribe medication, they can help your loved one keep track of it all by providing medication administration assistance. A caregiver will help organize your loved one's medications and create a schedule and log that helps them stay on track with their treatments.
4. They Struggle With Mobility
A loss of coordination or balance leaves your loved one vulnerable to fall-related injuries. Mobility issues also affect your loved one's quality of life if they cannot safely maneuver by themselves out in public.
In-home caregivers are trained to help seniors manage tasks as independently as possible using mobility aids and gentle assistance.
5. They Gave Up on Housekeeping
Your loved one deserves to live in a clean house that is free of clutter. However, they may find it hard to keep up with it all when they experience symptoms such as chronic pain or a loss of energy.
Housekeeping services are an option that professional caregivers provide that eliminates hazards to your loved one's health, such as exposure to bacteria or the need to walk across a wet floor while mopping.
6. They Need Help Shopping
Grocery shopping becomes more difficult for older adults that struggle with poor vision or that can no longer drive. With shopping assistance, a caregiver can make sure that your loved one's food and personal hygiene supplies are always stocked.
7. They Have Memory Loss
In the early stages of memory loss, your loved one may be able to continue living at home. However, it is always helpful to have a companion nearby who can help them remember things such as to turn off the stove or lock their doors before bedtime.
At Tri Valley Personal Home Care Services, we recognize that your loved one's home is their sanctuary and they deserve to age in place with dignity. Give us a call to find out how we can assist your loved one today.