It's always difficult to come to terms with loved ones getting older – especially when it comes to our parents. Even as we age, it never truly feels like our parents do. They're our rocks, our anchors, our super heroes. But even super heroes eventually need some assistance. And when they do, a dignified way of giving it to them is through senior home care.
Continue reading for a brief look at a few of the signs that it's time to find senior home care for your elderly loved ones, as well as an overview of what senior home care is and how our clients utilize it.
Senior home care is supportive care for senior citizens that occurs in their own home. The goal of senior care can vary, but the overarching theme is to help keep senior citizens at home and away from nursing homes and rehabilitation centers for as long as possible.
Our mission is to ensure a better quality of life for our elderly clients and their families by providing dependable and affordable senior home care. We are a trusted and respected organization that takes a responsible role in supporting our clients and their families, our employees, and our community.
As you can see, there is no one definite telltale sign that your elderly loved ones need senior home care. Maybe they recently fell, aren't eating or bathing very well, or you're simply concerned for their well-being given their age and the increasing probability of an accident.
But as mentioned, sometimes it's hard for us to come to grips with the idea that our elderly loved ones might need senior home care – or even recognize the signs.
Here are a few things to watch for:
It's not uncommon for our elderly loved ones to forget to eat a meal, or sometimes their appetites are so small that they decide to forego food altogether. This can also occur if they are eating unhealthy meals or snacking in place of full, nutritious meals. Other related signs include spoiled or rotten food in the house, or on the other end, no food.
This can manifest in a variety of ways. Most common include a lack of personal hygiene, which can indicate apathy – which sometimes is a sign of depression. A decline in hygiene also could indicate an inability to take care of themselves, as tasks as simple as getting into the shower or putting on clothes become increasingly difficult.
Bruises, Abrasions, Or Burns
It's no secret that as we get older, we tend to get a bit unsteady on our feet. And as accidents like tripping or falling add up – even when it's minor and maybe just a loss of balance and a quick recovery – so too do the injuries associated with them. Plus, even if our loved ones are okay most of the time, they're unfortunately only one quick loss of balance away from a serious injury. Other signs related to this include impaired balance, difficulty getting out of a chair and moving around, or difficulty using cooking utensils.
It's very common for elderly people to forget things or have periods of confusion, but this also can be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease. In addition to a doctor's visit, adding senior home care after spells of forgetfulness or confusion is a good precaution.
Dents or Scratches to Their Car
Maybe it's time to consider taking away their keys, or slowly integrating someone to get them to the store, their appointments, and wherever else they'd like to go. This is something senior home care can help with.
Depression is a very broad term that can show itself in a wide variety of ways, but generally a loss of motivation or interest in social relationships, prior interests, and the world around them can be a sign of this. Especially if they've recently lost a spouse, friend, or other loved one, or if they've suffered a setback in health, signs of depression can quickly become more commonplace. Examples of this behavior can include subtle things like not getting the mail or newspaper, loss of social contacts, loss of interest in hobbies, a messy house or no interest in cleaning, and more.
If your loved one is showing one or several of these signs, it's time to look into senior home care. For more information on Senior Helpers and our services, contact us today to speak with a representative about getting your loved ones the assistance they need.