When is a Caregiver Needed?
How do you know when it’s time to find assistance for your aging loved ones?
Your loved ones may prefer staying at home in a comfortable, familiar environment as they age. They have been caring for themselves for as long as they remember, and want to retain as much of that independence as possible.
As a result, your loved ones may shy away from asking for help. Despite difficulties with walking, preparing meals, and carrying out other daily activities, they may not express interest in transitioning into assisted living or nursing facilities. They may view this as a “burden” to you or a loss of their dignity.
Sometimes, it may be easier for you to recognize when hiring a Caregiver would benefit your elderly relative. In-home Caregivers can help balance their need for assistance with maintaining their independence. Caregivers can be at your loved one’s side when necessary, providing transportation to regularly scheduled doctor’s appointments, taking them on scheduled walks, and keeping the home clean, all while being a trusted companion.
What are some signs that it is the right time to find a helping hand?
- Meal preparation
If your elderly loved one opts for frozen entrees or takeout from the restaurant around the corner every day, he or she may be having trouble with preparing nutritious meals. Cooking requires strength and balance they may no longer have, and forgetfulness may lead to over-cooking and burning foods. Caregivers can help with preparing meals, to prevent your loved one from developing eating habits that may lead to malnutrition and weight loss.
An aging senior may struggle with unsteadiness and breathlessness when moving around, as ankle strength and lung capacity decrease. Your loved one may have trouble climbing stairs, or seem unbalanced when carrying the grocery bags from the car to the home. If these are difficult tasks for your loved one, it may be time to hire a Caregiver to help with mobility, to decrease the risk of becoming injured from a fall.
At times, a senior who was once mindful of their appearance and cleanliness may avoid bathing consistently and disregard changing into fresh clothes. This may be attributed to a decrease in sense of smell, or general discomfort with changing in and out of clothes or getting in and out of the tub. Caregivers can help with grooming, bathing, and incontinence, and are trained to do so in a way that preserves your loved one’s dignity.