There often comes a time when day-to-day life for seniors becomes more challenging and additional care is needed. Fortunately, in-home care is an awesome option for seniors living on their own, and there is a range of types of care to benefit your loved one(s). There are several signs that elder care would be beneficial; Part 1 of this blog series noted that a recently changed medical condition, trouble maintaining correspondence, and a bare fridge & pantry all indicate that your loved one could require elder care. Here are 3 more signs the senior in your life could benefit from home care services: Does Your Loved One Need Home Care?
Declining Personal Hygiene
Unfortunately, many elderly adults start to struggle to keep up with personal hygiene. This can have an impact on the home environment and lead to poor living conditions. What’s more, when your loved one has a difficult time taking care of their own hygiene, this can lead to illnesses and/or certain diseases through spreading bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Hiring a home health aide is extremely beneficial if your loved one is suffering from declining personal hygiene. Home health aides can assist with toileting, dressing, bathing, grooming, and more to help ensure your loved one’s hygiene is serving them well.
It’s true that everybody has their “off” days, but if you notice your loved one is acting out of character on a regular basis, this can be a red flag. Being overly anxious, excessively irritable, and/or depressed can all point to signs that your loved one is needing additional assistance. Uncharacteristic behavior can also indicate that there are underlying medical problems. It’s beneficial to have home health care services to help monitor your loved one’s state and make any potential recommendations to the family.
Challenges Completing Daily Tasks
It’s the case for many elderly people to want to maintain independence for as long as they can. Moving into an assisted living home means leaving a home that’s been lived in for years (sometimes even decades). It is emotional and can be disheartening because it means that living independently won’t continue. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. If completing daily tasks is challenging for your loved one, home care services such as homemaker services and a home health aide can be extremely helpful for ensuring daily tasks are done right, and your loved one can maintain living independently.
If home care in Falcon Heights MN could benefit your loved one, don’t hesitate to contact Pinnacle Home Care. We have various home care services available to ensure your loved one is able to safely maintain an independent lifestyle. Contact us today to learn more and watch for Part 3 of this blog series for a few more indications your loved one may require elder care services in Falcon Heights MN.