Posted on Aug 21, 2014
Whether you’re considering care for yourself or a loved one, it can be hard take that first step in seeking assistance. Know when it’s time to get some help may be key to preventing future problems with health and your relationships. Getting assistance, whether for yourself or a loved one, can ensure that everyone and everything is being properly taken care of in a timely and efficient manner. Maybe it's a few hours a week or perhaps more, but having solid, dependable help when you need it can make a gigantic difference in quality of life and happiness of everyone involved.
In evaluating your needs when it comes to homecare, here are some key areas to consider.
If getting from place to place is a problem for a senior, it can impact their health both mentally and physically. Not being able to get to regular medical checkups, do necessary shopping and socialize can create multiple problems. Without transportation and contact outside of the home, seniors can lose their sense of independence, become reclusive and lose interest in many of the things that used to give them joy. Having a caregiver that can help them “run their weekly errands” can be a great relief for seniors and their families.
If you are a senior who has regular care from a family member or a family member providing regular care, you will realize that everyone needs a break now and then. Whether it’s a schedule conflict, vacation or some other matter, having a trusted care giver who can step in and assist is a must. Knowing that you or a loved one has a “back up” person who can provide dependable, professional help will provide you with piece of mind.
If you or a family member are living alone and have limited social contact with others for whatever reason, you may want to consider some in home care. Many seniors find it difficult to maintain relationships as they age. Friends and loved ones pass away and with them can go a lifetime of memories. For some, it may be difficult to develop new relationships for a number of reasons including access to others with shared interests. A care giver can provide access to friends and other companions by providing transportation and/or motivation to visit community groups, friends and family members. On top of that, regular visits and interaction with the caregivers can provide a great opportunity to build a new personal connection.
Mental Or Physical Issues
If you or a loved one has experienced health issues, be they physical or mental, a care giver can provide a level of increased safety and comfort. In addition to being able to help evaluate health on a regular basis, a caregiver can ensure that medical instructions, whether prescription regimes, physical therapy or checkups, are being adhered to as needed.
Appearance, Hygiene & Health
If you or a loved one finds housekeeping increasingly difficult and the overall appearance of a senior’s living quarters is declining, a caregiver may be the answer. From light housework to organizing, a few hours a week can make a huge difference in a seniors surroundings.
Just like with a home, a regular visit from a caregiver can also help with personal hygiene. The ability to regularly do laundry, bath, shave or even get one’s hair done can become difficult if there are medical problems, safety concerns or access to transportation. A regular visit from a caregiver can help keep both home and body clean and healthy.
Maintaining a healthy diet can be a problem for seniors as well. Shopping, cooking and cleaning up the kitchen can be daunting for some seniors who may turn to eating less than nutritious fast food, per packaged items or skipping meals altogether. A caregiver can help plan and cook nutritious meals that can be packaged and stored for reheating at a later date.
Respecting Loved One’s Wishes
One of the most common reasons that people consider the use of in-home care is because they are respecting their loved one’s wishes. There are many seniors that do not want to age in a facility or a care home because they want to be near their family and people that care about them. In-home care provides these seniors with the opportunity to stay within their own homes and receive the same level of medical care that they would receive in other professional locations.
If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional in home senior care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Glendale to speak to a senior care specialist today 414-375-4257!
The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care and in home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Glendale provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha and Washington counties.