Jan 11, 2018 by Kristina Butler
After the holidays, many families across America are faced with the shocking and challenging dilemma that comes from noticing that an aging parent is not managing as well as expected and might need assistance. Over the holidays, families see first hand, the signs of trouble that often occur with advancing age. This is one of the primary reasons that nursing home referrals skyrocket after the new year. The good news is that there are other options, even if you found that your loved one needs considerable assistance. In fact, a great New Year's resolution for 2018 is to consider the many benefits an at-home care provider may have for your senior loved one.
A few of the most obvious signs that at home care may be necessary include obvious weight gain or loss, increased frailty, or a serious lack of personal hygiene. When seniors cannot cook healthy meals, they turn to easy comfort foods, such as chips, cookies, and ready-made meals. Others may be in the early to mid-stages of dementia and not remember that they already ate, so they eat again, and again, and again which leads to significant weight gain. On the other side of the coin, seniors suffering from pain or mobility issues may find it too difficult to shop or eat properly, so they don't do it. Memory issues may make them forget to eat, leading to weight loss. Along these lines, a loss of muscle mass may cause a senior to struggle to get up and down in the chair, unable to walk quickly, or unable to lift objects. This is important to note since frailty can lead to many serious injuries or worse.
When a senior suffers from chronic pain, mobility loss, memory issues, frailty, or a number of other issues, it may be difficult, or even impossible, for them to accomplish any number of daily living tasks, including personal care. Many seniors do not let their grooming habits fall by the wayside because they don't care, but they simply cannot bathe, brush their teeth, clean their laundry, or do their makeup and hair the way they once used to. In these situations, home care can provide an entirely new lease on life for seniors who simply need a little daily living support.
Other signs that your loved one may require at home care include a cluttered and unkempt house, dishes piled in the sink, piles of unopened mail, food that is past expiration, plants or animals that are not well cared for, and spills that have gone uncleaned. On the more serious side, seniors may display signs of frequent or serious injury from falls or constantly banging into things, the car may have a few too many dents and dings, or there may be insects and other unwanted guests in the home.
There is no right or wrong reason for a senior to receive home care. At Comfort Keepers, each senior receives a personalized care plan that addresses their unique and specific requirements. Care can range from a mere hour or so a week up to full-time, comprehensive, round-the-clock care. Even better, all services are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year in the comfort and convenience of your loved one's own home.
If you are worried that your senior loved one may be losing their independence and quality of life, make it your 2018 New Year's resolution to consider Comfort Keepers at home care. For a free in-home consultation, contact a senior care coordinator today.
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