If you have a senior family member living on their own, you may have concerns about their health and wellness. This is very valid, as family members want to ensure their loved ones are always safe, comfortable, healthy, and happy. Living independently can be a great thing for seniors, however, certain circumstances may lead to the need for additional care. Fortunately, senior home care services are available to help promote safe and independent living for your loved one. Here are 3 signs your loved one needs in-home care: Signs Your Loved One Needs In-Home Care
Trouble Managing Medications
One major sign that your loved one needs in-home senior care is if they are having trouble managing their medications. It’s important to take medications at the proper time of day, in the correct dosage, as prescribed. This can often get complicated and overwhelming when there are several medications to manage. However, ensuring medication is managed properly is a critical aspect of ensuring your loved one remains healthy. Hiring a senior in-home care agency is a great way to ensure your loved one has a system in place and is taking their medications as needed. Home health aides can also ensure the medications are stored properly, are within their expiration timeline, filled as needed, and even can pick up prescriptions and/or other medications.
New or Worsening Health Condition
Another major sign that your loved one has the need for in-home care services is if they have a new or worsening health condition. Every individual has their own set of circumstances, and needs can change over time. Needs can also change very quickly; if your loved one is impacted by a new health condition, it may be wise to have a professional in-home skilled nurse to help monitor the condition and ensure the adaptation process is going smoothly (with medications, dietary management, home safety, and more). A worsening health condition may also warrant home care. Speak with your medical team and your local in-home senior care agency to determine the needs of your loved one and how an in-home care agency can be of service.
Needing Hygiene Assistance
As your loved one ages, certain tasks may prove to be extremely challenging. This is especially true when your loved one has trouble with body positioning; this can make hygiene tasks such as bathing especially challenging. However, we all know that bathing and proper hygiene are important on a regular basis. Not ensuring proper hygiene can start to impact the individual and the environment in negative ways (such as developing certain related illnesses). Hiring a home health aide to assist with hygiene tasks such as bathing, toileting, and more may be an important step in ensuring your loved one remains healthy, comfortable, and happy.
If your loved one could benefit from elder care services in Falcon Heights MN, contact Pinnacle Home Care. We have many services available to help ensure your aging loved one is safe, comfortable, and healthy considering their circumstances. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to learn more, and watch for Part 2 of this blog series.