In Home Care Service
In Home Care Service
There is no definite age for 24hr home care service when an elderly individual may require special In home care service. There are a number of factors that determine the health of a senior citizen, ranging from their eating habits, medical conditions and overall health and energy levels. Don’t let the age of your parent or loved one determine whether or not they need In home care service. Small signs like unopened mail piling up in the mail box, more dirty laundry piled up or relatively unkempt hair could all indicate that a senior requires a 24hr caregiver.
Seniors may not always admit that they need someone to take care of them. Perhaps denial, pride or lack of awareness themselves may keep them from admitting to you or even themselves. These signs don’t always mean that your parent needs to be moved into a nursing home, it just means that they require a little more attention and in home care. Following are a number of warning signs that your loved ones require In home care service:
1. Unexplained Bruising
The house that is safe for someone in their 50s or even 60s may not be suitable for an individual in their 70s or 80s. Serpentine hallways, stairways, tall shelving units or slippery tiles are all potential obstacles for the elderly. And if you see unexplained bruises on your loved one, especially if they are reoccurring, then it means they require assistance at home.
The fact is, everyone is prone to trips, slips and falls every now and then. All we do is brush ourselves up, laugh at our own clumsiness and move on. But that’s not the case with seniors. Due to the progressive loss of bone mass, they are at much higher risk of bone fractures.
2. Decline in Personal Care and Grooming Habits
If your parents are showering and bathing infrequently, have unpleasant body odor, unkempt hair, overgrown nails and lack of overall personal care and grooming habits then it means they don’t have the energy to take care of these things all on their own.
3. Weight Loss or Poor Diet
Is the senior eating properly? Do you feel that their clothes are getting loose or their skin is losing its color? It is very important for seniors to follow a strict diet. If you feel that they are not taking care of their diet then try calling them every day or even twice or thrice a day for a few days and ask what they had for lunch/dinner that day. Many seniors also forget to take their medications. Have they forgot to refill their medications? Are the medications expired? If yes, then they most definitely require elderly care.
4. Declining Energy levels
Is the senior having trouble getting up from a seated position or experiencing difficulty keeping balance and walking? Uncertainty when performing tasks they could easily do until recently or lack of interest in hobbies and activities are all indicators that the energy levels are declining and that the senior requires in-home care.
5. Dirty House
One of the most obvious signs that a senior is in need of a caregiver is the condition of the house. If there is spoiled food around the house that is not thrown away, extreme clutter, dust around the furniture and laundry piling up then all these are clear indicators that regardless of what your parent or relative may be saying, they are in need of In-home care.
By Dewayne Jenkins
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