Is it time for a caregiver? 

Needing full time assistance is a big decision for yourself and your family. We are 
ready to help you find what is best for you and walk you through every step of the way. 

      Knowing when it’s time to hire a caregiver isn’t always clear. Often seniors or their families will wait until after an injury or incident occurs before considering in home care services.  However, waiting too long can mean more care is required, and that can limit your choices . Staying home is a commonly preferred option when the appropriate care is provided. So, look for the signs, and take a proactive approach to you or your loved one’s in-home care needs.

Thing to look for when considering the need to hire a caregiver:

Balance Issues: Does your parent or loved one experience pain when they walk, sit, or rise from a resting position? Do they drag their feet when they walk or appear unsteady? If you notice any of these signs, they may be a fall risk. Each year more than 1.6 million older U.S. adults go to emergency departments for fall-related injuries. Also, be on the lookout for any unexplained bruises that could be a sign of past falls or injury.

Forgetfulness: While mild forgetfulness is a normal part of aging, chronic missed doctors appointments or late bill payments could be a sign of a more serious problem. If you are worried that your loved one may have memory issues, be sure to consult their doctor.

Dangerous Driving: Have you noticed new vehicle damage, unsafe driving, or an aversion to driving? Loss of driving privileges can feel like a loss of independence and many older adults are reluctant to hand over their car keys without a loved one’s intervention.

Missed Medication: Up to 75% of older adults reportedly make some kind of error taking meds. This can be a sign of short-term memory loss or depression. Regardless, it poses a serious risk, and supervised medication reminders may be required.

Decline in Personal Care: Wearing the same clothes for days at a time, putting off showers, and other hygiene issues are signs that your loved one is having difficulty managing their personal care.

Decline in Home Environment: Whether it’s expired food in the refrigerator, unopened mail, laundry piling up, or general clutter, a decline in the home environment might indicate that your loved one is physically unable to keep up with household chores.

Depression or Loneliness: 43% of seniors report feeling lonely. While your loved one may be capable of living on their own, loneliness can take a serious toll on a person’s physical and mental health. If your loved one is spending much of their time in front of the TV, has lost interest in activities they once enjoyed, or is exhibiting other signs of depression, they may benefit from companionship care.

Family Caregiver Stress: When we care for others we often forget to care for ourselves. There are ways to help manage caregiver stress, however, sometimes we need to accept that we can’t do it all on our own. Avoid caregiver burnout and take advantage of respite care when you need it.

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