Sometimes in life we get hit hard and all at once. A fall, a sudden surgery, or an illness can strike, and there is no denying that extra help is necessary. Sometimes, however, the signs are small – a missed bill or a lack of food in the refrigerator, for instance – but extra care is still needed. When the signs are small, it is easy to overlook the problem. And if you don’t live near your senior loved ones, it’s even harder to determine when there is a problem if you cannot see for yourself how things are going.
The first step in the process is to take notice of warning signs. Here are some of the most common signs which could indicate a need for extra help at home:
- Messy house, clutter, pots and pans piling up
- Confusing or missing doses of medications
- Difficulty with balance and mobility
- Confusion over once-familiar tasks
- Decline in personal hygiene
- Loss of weight
- Signs of depression, loss of interest in favorite hobbies and activities
When the signs of senior care needs start to appear, it is important to keep an open mind and not make assumptions as to why your parent or loved one might be experiencing difficulties. The discussion is often the most difficult part of the process, but if one approach does not work, give it some time and then try another approach.
What services can a senior obtain from home care? Home care agencies such as Visiting Angels in California help with any activities and assistance that a person needs throughout the day. Services can include:
- Hygiene Assistance
- Live-in, Overnight, or Hourly Services
- Assistance with Mobility
- Bathing Assistance
- Medication Reminders
- Attend Religious Services
- Respite for Family Caregivers
- Beds & Linen Care
- Light Housekeeping
- Meal Preparation
- Exercise Routines
- Joyful Companionship
Transitioning to in home care can be hard, but we are here to make it easier. Contact our Sunnyvale or Fremont office today to learn more about how our in home caregivers can make living at home easier and safer.