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3 Signs that an Aging Loved One Needs Around the Clock Care

Caring for an aging parent, spouse, or loved one can be deeply rewarding, but it can also be demanding and stressful. Balancing demands of career, family, and everyday life with the needs of a loved one can be challenging. While family members usually step in to provide extra supervision and support, it may not be enough. You may have to seek the help of a professional home caregiver to help your loved one age in place.

3 Signs that an Aging Loved One Needs Around the Clock Care

Consistent senior care can help seniors live healthier, safer, and more independent life as they age in place. Home care can be personalized to your loved one's unique needs; it could be 24 hour home care or overnight senior care. Knowing when it's time to ask for home care can be difficult. Here are a few signs to watch out for:

1.               Worsening Health

Chronic conditions such as dementia, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, heart disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), cancer, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, lung diseases, or COPD can require around-the-clock care. You may also need to seek help if your loved one is having difficulty recovering from an illness or procedure. A home care provider can help manage their chronic condition by helping to manage their complex medication regimen, help to ensure nutritional and hydration needs are met, vital signs monitored, therapy exercises completed, and appointments are kept.

2.               Difficulty with Daily Tasks

Daily tasks like dressing, shopping, cooking, bathing, taking medication, and laundry are vital skills for an adult to live independently. Many people who experience aging-related challenges with daily tasks fall behind on paying bills, stop eating regular meals, lose interest in maintaining personal hygiene, or neglect grocery shopping. A home caregiver can help with household chores and ensure your loved one eats healthy and is well cared for.

3.               Loneliness and Isolation

If your loved one lives alone and is noticeably less socially active than they used to be, they could be feeling isolated and lonely. According to a University of Chicago study, loneliness is a significant health risk for older adults. It leads to stress, high blood pressure, and unhealthy habits like smoking or excessive drinking. Senior companionship can help your aging loved one remain socially engaged, exercise, eat well, and live a healthy lifestyle. 

Is Home Care Right For Your Loved One?

If any of these signs resonated with you, it may be time to seriously consider live-in home care. Home assistance helps create a positive home environment for your loved one to be safe, comfortable, and healthy while remaining as independent as possible. It also gives you peace of mind knowing they are with a professional home caregiver. At Senior Helpers of Greater Oklahoma City, we provide personalized in-home care to meet your loved one's specific needs throughout the Greater Oklahoma City metro and surrounding areas. Contact us today at 405 608 4339 or email at greaterokc@seniorhelpers.com to learn more about your in-home care options.