Making the decision on whether or not your loved one needs in-home senior care can be a daunting task. However, it can be helpful to know just exactly what in-home senior care is, and how it works.
This is a service that allows your senior to stay in the comfort of their own home to age for as long as possible, instead of being placed in a facility. These services can be provided 24/7 or on specific days and times of the week.
Services for in-home care can range from a variety of different types. You can choose from medical assistance, socialization and companionship services, and non-medical help, including assistance with bathing, cleaning, cooking, errands, etc. With that being said, we still must answer the question: How do we know when our loved one needs in-home senior care?
These are some of the most common signs that will tell you when it’s time:
Interests and Energy Levels
Does your loved one still find interest in their favorite hobbies and activities? Do they still have the same amount of energy, or have they become slower – maybe even sluggish? If so, these could be signs it’s time.
Memory loss is a huge telltale sign that in-home care may be needed. Do they forget where they live on their way home from errands? Are their bills paid and up to date? Do they check their mail frequently?
Disorganization and Hygiene
When you’re visiting with your loved one, this is a good time to note how their home looks and what their appearance is like. Is the home clean and organized? Is your loved one clean, and do they have fresh clothes to wear?
Recent Accidents or Worsening Health
If your loved one has faced a recent medical scare or has had a recent accident, such as a fall, in-home care can help prevent accidents from reoccurring as they continue to age.
Not Leaving the House as Much
Have you noticed if your loved one stops leaving their house for days at a time? If this is happening, it could be due to a fear of driving themselves, or not wanting to take public transportation by themselves.