For many adult children, there may come a time when you need to make a decision whether or not it’s time to utilize in-home care services for your loved one. How will you know that it’s time to seek out these services? Here are some of the most common signs that will alert you to the fact that your parent or loved one needs some help at home.
- Your loved one begins neglecting his or her hygiene. This means you’ll notice things like long finger and toenails, offensive body odor, greasy or unkempt hair, soiled clothing or declining oral hygiene.
- Your loved one’s home is in a constant state of disarray. Things like painful arthritis or declining vision might make it next to impossible for your loved one to properly clean their home. In fact, doing something as simple as washing a plate can be extremely difficult for someone who is suffering from mild tremors or osteoporosis. When you visit, if you notice that there is clutter or dangerous obstacles lying around the home, it’s a good sign that your loved one could benefit from some in-home care services.
- Your loved one has recently fallen while in his or her home, or they are in a constant state of fear that they will eventually fall and suffer injuries. Many seniors, especially those who are fiercely independent, won’t tell you that they are afraid of falling or will downplay the severity of a fall injury. However, this is an extremely dangerous thing do ignore. It’s important that adult children talk with parents about falls and the danger falls pose. If you notice that your parent seems extremely unsteady while on his or her feet or they have started to shuffle walk in the last several weeks, it may be time to consider in-home care services.
- Your loved one can’t seem to properly manage his or her medications. Adult children understand the importance of taking medications on time and as prescribed. While parents may also understand the importance of medication administration, when they are home alone and left to their own devices, things can often get complicated. For instance, can your loved one open the pill bottles? Can they read the instructions or do they understand how often to take the medication? If your loved one seems to be skipping medications or is unable to administer meds on a schedule, in-home care services could be a wonderful benefit.