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Top Four Indicators Your Loved One Might Need a Higher Level of Care

Understandably, families and caretakers worry about their loved ones who choose to age in place. While the right modifications to the home and a clear plan can help prepare ahead of time for many of the challenges that a senior may face, loved ones should also carefully monitor seniors whose health starts deteriorating or who appear to have more challenges than they initially expected. 

Do you have a senior loved one living in Lancaster County who may need some help at home? If you’re not sure, here are the top four indicators that your loved one might need a higher level of care. 

Note: any noticeable changes in your loved one's home or health status should also be addressed with their physician to rule out other potential challenges.

 

Home Cleanliness

Different people have different standards when it comes to housekeeping. Dust or clutter might be familiar in your loved one's home. If you notice a distinct change in the standards of cleanliness, however, it could indicate that your loved one is struggling to keep up with those basic tasks. As those standards deteriorate, it could represent a sign that your loved one needs the assistance of an in-home caregiver. 

Personal Grooming and Hygiene

When you stop by, you can tell that it has been several days since your loved one last bathed. You may notice that clothing gets changed less often or that your loved one does not shave as often as he should. Some seniors start to struggle with self-care due to depression. Others may forget to take care of normal self-care tasks or have less energy or strength to take care of them. If you notice that lack of care, an in-home caregiver can assist your loved one and help them maintain a high quality of life. 

Medication Management 

You know your loved one needs to take medications to manage common conditions every day. Unfortunately, you've noticed the prescription bottles piling up or discovered that there are too many pills in the bottle when it's time for a refill. Many seniors struggle to remember to take their medications daily, especially as both prescriptions and conditions become increasingly complex to manage. Not taking medication on time, however, can cause more serious medical repercussions. An in-home caregiver can help manage medications and ensure that they are taken on time. 

Eating Habits

Get in the habit of taking a look in the cabinets when you visit. Many elderly individuals struggle to keep up with the shopping or to manage meal prep. Cooking becomes especially challenging when it's necessary to cook for one. If you notice that there is rarely adequate food in the house, or that your loved one is showing signs of poor nutrition, an in-home caregiver can assist with meal preparation and ensure that your loved one eats on time. 

While aging in place is important to many seniors, it's equally important that they maintain a high quality of life for as long as possible. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of an in-home caregiver in Lancaster County, whether your loved one needs 24/7 care or simply someone to stop by to make sure they're taken care of.