Jan 5, 2018 by Katie Fielmann
The start of the new year has historically been a time for people to reflect upon their lives, look back upon the happenings of the past 12 months, and either celebrate or reevaluating some of their life choices. If something doesn't appear to be up to snuff, New Year's resolutions are an opportunity to make changes designed to fix those issues and better the overall quality of ones' life.
Of course, New Year's resolutions do not have to be all about you. Many times, the best resolutions have to do with our relationships, especially those between close family and friends. With that in mind, one important New Year's resolution may be to consider in-home care for a senior loved one.
If you are wondering whether your senior loved one may need home care, consider these common signs that a loved one could use some assistance in their daily life.
1. Your loved one has been diagnosed with a chronic or progressive health condition. Ailments such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, or frailty can make many areas of life difficult or even dangerous for aging seniors, especially for those who live alone. From pain or a lack of mobility to medication management issues, the challenges of long-term health issues can severely decrease the quality of a senior's life.
2. Your loved one has begun to have memory issues. Whether it is related to dementia, Alzheimer's, stroke, or another issue, forgetfulness and other cognitive issues can make living at home very difficult or hazardous. Issues may start with a lack of personal hygiene, forgetting to open the mail, or leaving the dishes piled in the sink, but it may quickly turn into more serious issues such as forgetting to turn off the stove, locking oneself in a room or outside, of getting lost and forgetting who or where they are.
3. The risk of senior falls goes up each year of a person's life. While not all seniors will suffer al fall, falls are the leading cause of accident-related injury and death among seniors. In fact, by age 80 over half of seniors will have suffered a serious fall. Statistically, 75 percent of falls occur in a senior's home.
In-home care caregivers address the challenges a person faces as they age. Comfort Keepers in home caregivers provide a plethora of care services designed to help a senior remain safe, independent, and happy while remaining in the comfort and convenience of their own home.
Standard services provided by in-home caregivers include:
Light housekeeping Laundry Meal preparation
Medication Management Bathing Grooming
Eating support Toileting Dressing
Running errands Grocery shopping Local transportation
This year, take a look at the quality of your senior loved one's life. If there is a chance that they may need some help in one or more areas, Comfort Keepers home caregivers may be able to make a significant difference.
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