Jan 4, 2018 by Gregg Gammello
January is the perfect time to think about the year ahead and make new resolutions. If you have a senior loved one who is living independently, it is maybe time to start thinking whether your family could benefit from a viable in home senior care plan and make it a part of your New Year’s resolutions. Let’s take a look at common signs that indicate your parent may need professional home care.
Sure, seniors can be forgetful every now and then. However, if your loved one forgets to take their medication, pay their utilities or to complete routine tasks repeatedly, it might be a good time to start looking for adequate care options.
Many seniors just need additional help around the house. If your senior mom or dad’s home looks untidy and you see piled up laundry, unwashed dishes or a trash bin full of garbage, you might want to consider looking for help from a professional caregiver who can occasionally assist your loved one with house maintenance and meal preparation.
If you notice new bruises and injuries on your parent every once in a while, they may be experiencing problems with nausea, balance or mobility but are afraid to tell you because they fear it could interfere with their independent lifestyle.
However, with the help from an in home senior care provider, your loved one can continue living independently in a safer environment and improve their balance and mobility.
Give your senior mom or dad a big hug. If you notice that they smell strange or look like they didn’t shower in days, they might be struggling with mobility issues or cognitive impairments. In home senior care can help your loved one with personal care and hygiene.
Older adults diagnosed with health conditions like cardiovascular disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease or diabetes, require full-time or even around-the-clock care.
If your senior loved one used to go out and socialize but now keeps to themselves and prefers spending time indoors, it can be a clear sign that their health is deteriorating. In home senior care professionals can provide incidental transportation and accompaniment and encourage your parent to get out more often.
You might notice that your loved one lost interest in favorite pastime activities, became grumpy or moody or is easily agitated. If this is the case, a devoted caregiver can provide valuable companionship, which can improve their mental health.
Although admitting your senior loved one is in need of in home senior care is not easy, opting for professional care can certainly improve your parent’s quality of life while giving you and your family peace of mind this New Year.