Aging is a normal part of life. We often don’t think about it even as we get older. When Dad does not join us for a day out we just think that he is tired, when Mom forgets her appointment we just shrug it off as forgetfulness.
What to Look for As Our Parents Age
The reality is as these incidents start piling up it means there are larger changes happening. Your parent or parents will need help at some point. Managing a household and daily living activities will get harder. There may be some health changes which will necessitate needing In-Home care faster.
Here are 10 of the most common signs your parent/s need In-Home Care. Alliance Senior Care specializes in a wide range of In-Home Care services.
The Signs Your Parents Need In-Home Care
Less activity and mobility is an issue that can creep up over time. With Walking, balance and mobility are a chief safety concern in the aging population. This can be compounded if there is a fall or they have a surgical operation.
There are ways to help make a home more safe, and it’s important to recognize when our older loved ones need extra help for everyday activities including bathing, using the bathroom or getting from one place to another.
A study done by the Centers for Disease Control showed that nearly 23,000 older adults died in 2011 from unintended falls. Look for the signs of mobility problems, and talk to your parent about the importance of sharing with you when he or she falls or begins having trouble with balance or walking.
Loss of Interest (In Hobbies and Activities)
When a loved one stops showing interest in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyable, this is a possible sign of depression, and it’s not uncommon in aging adults.
Illness, chronic pain and physical disability can trigger depression. Getting old isn’t easy, and once-active adults can feel down when they have trouble participating in favored activities.
Late-life depression affects 6 million adults age 65 and older, and only about 10 percent receive treatment. This National Institute of Mental Health study shows depression in seniors to be a major problem. Subtle signs, such as unexplained fatigue, can be a sign of a deeper issue.
When tasks that are familiar to your loved one become challenging, or when a parent seems to struggle to complete a task that he or she has always done, it is time to get help. Confusion can indicate that an unreported seizure took place, or possible dementia.
Recovering from Surgery
Even the most routine procedures have recovery. If your aging loved one has had surgery and has not fully recovered, or is showing signs of difficulty with everyday living activities it is time to get In-Home care.
Our team specialized in providing healthcare and support in everyday living activities. We tailor specialized care plans for patients with specialized needs and chronic illnesses.
Clutter and Cleanliness
It is not uncommon for people as we age to not attend to the things in our home and environment as much as we used to. Our elderly loved ones may not feel like the mess and clutter around the home is a big deal but, when we visit we notice.
If you notice clutter piling up, especially bills, it’s time to get help at home so the living space can be tidy, organized and clean. This can have significant impacts on both mental and physical health.
A Recent Diagnosis of a Serious Illness
Elderly adults who have been diagnosed with a serious illness may need follow up care, education, and skilled care to manage their condition and avoid any hospital re-admissions. Some of these conditions that are often managed with In-Home care include:
- Heart failure and other heart conditions
- COPD and other respiratory conditions
- Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
- Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other progressive neurological conditions
Older adults who need help recovering from surgery, were recently hospitalized or had a change in health status may also be eligible for home health care. Medicare covers 100% of the cost for eligible patients.
Alliance Senior Care Services are an excellent resource for family caregivers and seniors alike.
Alliance Senior Care’s In-Home services offer a wide range of services providing healthcare, daily living assistance, transportation to and from Doctor’s appointments and tailored care services for additional circumstances.
To learn more about how In-Home Care can help improve your loved ones’ quality of life, call Alliance Senior Care at 248-274-2170. It’s not just In-Home Care, it is Integrated Care.
Home Care Services are an excellent resource for family caregivers and seniors alike.
Alliance Senior Care Home Care services offer a wide range of services providing healthcare, daily living assistance, transportation to and from Doctor’s appointments and tailored care services for additional circumstances.