“I do NOT want to move to a nursing home!” This is an often-heard sentiment expressed by many seniors, even when they’re beginning to experience some difficulty managing at home on their own. And who can blame them? Home is where older adults feel most comfortable and safe. They know where everything is and they can enjoy their own individual routine and they may have friends and family who live close by, who enhance their quality of life. But, if you have concerns about your senior loved one’s ability to remain living safely at home, it may be time to assess the best possible solution, senior home care.
Consider the following questions to determine if your loved one could benefit from senior home care:
- Has your senior loved one lost weight unintentionally over the past several months?
- Are they able to pick up groceries and prepare meals?
- Do they prepare meals safely, remembering to turn off the oven or stove?
- Do they complain about how food tastes?
- Are they drinking sufficient amounts of water and other fluids during the day to prevent dehydration, especially during the hot summer months?
- Is your senior loved one adequately maintaining their hygiene?
- Can they take care of laundry, bathing, grooming, and toileting needs sufficiently?
- Does your senior loved one take medications?
- Do they take them exactly as prescribed?
- Can they read the labels and understand what each medicine is for?
- Are they physically able to swallow pills, or otherwise use them as they are intended (i.e. creams, drops, etc.)?
- Is the home free of clutter, which could be a tripping or falling hazard?
- Could your loved one call for help if they were to fall?
- Are there grab bars in the shower/bath, and are banisters and handrails on stairways fastened securely?
- Is there sufficient lighting to allow them to safely get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom or kitchen?
- Do you notice any cuts, bruises, scrapes, or burns that could have been caused by a fall or other unexplained circumstance?
- Is the kitchen clean enough to safely prepare food?
- Is your loved one taking multiple medications from multiple doctors and/or does they use multiple pharmacies?
Emotional, Psychological and Cognitive
- Does your loved one seem depressed or anxious?
- Are they staying social as much as possible, whether in person or through the Internet or by phone?
- If he/she is religious, are they continuing to attend services or programs available?
- Are they still enjoying hobbies that interested them before?
- Are they forgetful? Unusually loud or agitated?
- Are their finances in order?
The list of questions may seem overwhelming at first, but our senior home care services team can help. Our professional home care team can evaluate your senior loved one’s situation and provide suggestions and solutions, giving you and your loved one peace of mind. Our trained home care staff can provide companionship, perform light housekeeping tasks, prepare nutritious meals, among other helpful tasks. We can even coordinate services between various healthcare providers.
Contact us at 704-333-5214 for a free in-home assessment and see how we can help your loved one.