We often speak to potential clients months or even years before they make the important decision to seek home care for their elderly loved ones. Normally, their first question for us is "How do I know when my parents need a caregiver?"
This is a very important question! One that should be asked sooner as opposed to later. One thing is for sure, your parents probably won't be the ones to tell you. Seniors want to maintain their independence for as long as possible! Many seniors will make discrete adjustments to their lifestyles so that they will not become a burden to family members. Although this is a very understandable behavior on the seniors part, it can also be risky and sometimes even dangerous. Too many times we find that a traumatic experience or event (serious fall, stroke, diagnosis of dementia, etc...) can prove to be a "Wake Up Call" for our aging loved ones! This is why we encourage all of our potential clients to be proactive and observant when considering their parent's health and lifestyle. Some common signs and indicators that your parents need a caregiver are:
Difficulty with routine Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
House upkeep is not the same as usual (unclean dishes, laundry, clutter, and abnormal odor)
Yard upkeep is not the same as usual
Unopened mail, bills, etc...
Low food supply (outdated or spoiled items)
We suggest that you take some time to monitor and observe your parents behavior and lifestyle. If you notice your elderly loved one demonstrating some or all of these indicators, it is time to start a conversation with them regarding their care needs. It is very important to allow your parents to influence the decision to seek help, as well as, the care options that's best for them. Although necessary, this process can be difficult. Peaceful Living Home Care is here to help you with every step along the way. Feel free to contact us today if you have questions or concerns during this very important process. - Peaceful Living Home Care