“Mom, we’d all feel a lot better if we knew you had some help.”
One of the great joys of family reunions and summer vacations is reconnecting with family who may live far away. But sometimes when adult children visit their elderly loved ones, they find that their parents are no longer as healthy as they remembered. Or they might see signs Mom and Dad aren’t living as safely as they should. If you’re visiting elderly loved ones this summer, take a quick assessment to determine if they need some extra help. Here are some warning signs to look for:
- A house in disarray
- Little or spoiled food in the refrigerator
- Weight loss
- An increase in forgetfulness
- Unpaid bills
- Difficulty in moving freely throughout the house
If you notice any of the above, it may be time to consider providing your loved ones with some in-home care. Assisting Hands of Columbus home care professionals offer numerous invaluable services, including:
Isolation is a risk factor for depression, and studies have even shown that it can increase your risk of early death. One of the greatest benefits of home care is often the most overlooked—the simple act of interacting with another human being. People who choose home care as a profession usually do so because they love being with people. Because of this, they treasure the moments of simply being able to get to know the person they’re caring for and connecting with them. Often, the relationship between caregiver and care receiver becomes important for both parties.
Many seniors have challenges with certain everyday activities, such as bathing, grooming, and dressing. A home care professional can help with these tasks, helping seniors continue to live as normally as possible. Also, when they feel good about their appearance, they are more likely to socialize and continue their normal routines.
Falls are one of the greatest risk factors for seniors. A home caregiver can provide an assessment of the home and give suggestions on how to create a home environment that reduces the risk of falls. Caregivers can also work with seniors to maintain a physician-approved exercise program, accompany them on walks and errands, and help keep the home clutter-free.
A home caregiver can also assist with preparing meals, helping your loved one to follow generally accepted nutrition standards or a doctor’s or nutritionist’s recommended diet.
The typical 75-year-old takes more than 10 prescription drugs. Managing such an array of medications can be very challenging at any age! An in-home caregiver can provide medication reminders and take your loved one to the pharmacy or pick up prescriptions.
Knowing that elderly loved ones are still driving is often one of the main concerns of children who live far away. Our home care professionals can take your senior loved one to medical appointments, grocery shopping and even to the museum, house of worship, theater or other social events.
Many chronic health conditions make it difficult for seniors to keep the house clean. A caregiver can vacuum, dust, sort mail, organize closets and help keep the house free of fall hazards.
If your loved one is resistant to the idea of having a “stranger” in the house, let them know that this will help enhance their independence and ability to concentrate on what they love to do, whether it’s going to bridge club, gardening or simply watching TV. And let them know that you’ll feel better knowing that they are living safely and comfortably
Source: Assisting Hands Home Care in association with IlluminAge. Copyright © IlluminAge.