Aug 30, 2017 by Kristina Butler
In-home senior care is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. As the Baby Boomers continue to age, more and more seniors are finding that they need help and support to accomplish daily living tasks that were once done without effort or thought. Sadly, many more seniors require these supports and services, but they either do not recognize their need or refuse to acknowledge it. In these latter cases, it is up to family members to discuss in-home care with their senior loved one to get them the help they need.
Because discussions of in-home care and eldercare services are often difficult to broach, many family members want to be certain help is needed before they have a conversation. Let's look at three of the most common signs that a senior needs in-home care.
1. Isolation. When seniors fail to leave their home for days, weeks, or even months at a time, this is a sign that something is wrong. Many times, the isolation is strictly physical in nature. The senior simply needs help with transportation or mobility. Other times, the isolation can also be psychological and require professional medical intervention. Other times, still, a senior simply needs somebody to talk to who understands what they are going through. In these cases, professional in-home care not only helps a senior with their daily living tasks, but they provide the essential social, cognitive, and emotional support required for a high-quality and safe life.
2. Hygiene. A significant change in personal hygiene is often the first thing people notice about their senior loved when it comes to the need for in-home care. Many times, a loss of mobility or pain associated with certain actions limits a senior's ability to bathe or clean themselves properly. Other times, dementia or other cognitive issues may make seniors unaware that they are not cleaning as well as they once did. In-home care addresses these as well as many other personal care and hygiene issues.
3. Memory. When seniors start forgetting things family members automatically think of Alzheimer's disease. While not every instance of forgetfulness is dementia-related, memory issues are a reason for family members to be concerned, especially since failure to follow medical advice and medication mismanagement are two of the primary reasons seniors end up in the emergency room.
In short, there are many reasons a senior may require care and support. The primary reason, however, should always be to maximize a senior's independence, freedom, and quality of life.
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