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Is it Time to Find in Home Care for Your Loved One?

elderly companion careIt is a question that many families face. When do Mom and Dad need the assistance of an elderly companion care provider? How will you know when the time is right to seek help? Are there warning signs that indicate your loved one needs help with basic living tasks?

Finding in home care for a loved one is tricky. No one wants to admit they have reached the point where they can’t take care of themselves. For many elderly adults, the thought of asking for help comes with a great deal of anxiety. If they ask for help, they worry they will be forced to move from their homes. Asking for help is often associated with losing independence.

For adult children, it is important to help their parents feel empowered by the decision to choose at home care. “With the assistance of elderly companion care providers, seniors can continue to live active, independent lives in their own homes,” explains Larry Meigs, President and CEO of Visiting Angels. “Our caregivers provide valuable assistance to elderly individuals so they don’t have to do it all on their own. With our caregivers by their side, they have the assistance they need to complete all their tasks and enjoy their favorite activities.”

How will you know if your loved one can benefit from elderly companion care services? There are many signs to look for. They fall into several general categories: hygiene, health and nutrition, house maintenance, appointments and administrative work, and illness.

If your loved one is neglecting their personal hygiene and cleanliness, it could be time to consider the assistance of an elderly companion care provider. Things to look for in this category include decreased frequency in bathing, body odor and a decrease in personal grooming habits.

The health of your loved one is a major concern. If your loved one isn’t feeling well, they may be neglecting meals. Keep an eye out for:

  • Food spoiling in the fridge
  • An empty pantry, cabinets or fridge
  • Unhealthy foods
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain

Please schedule a visit with your loved one’s doctor if you have concerns about their health or well-being.

Keeping up with the house and general housekeeping tasks often becomes challenging as we age. If you start to experience odd smells around the house, lots of clutter, dirty laundry piling up, general dirt or an inability to keep up with basic housekeeping, these things can indicate your loved is in need of assistance.

From paying bills to keeping appointments, we all have a lot to keep track of. Your loved one is no exception, but if they start to neglect these important tasks, you may want to talk to them about your concerns. Keep an eye on missed appointments, unpaid bills, unopened mail, late payment notices, bounced checks, and a loss of interest in favorite hobbies or activities. All of these are items of concern.

Illness is always a reason to worry and can be a reason to reach out for elderly companion care. If your loved one has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, elderly companion care can provide a great deal of assistance. If your loved one is showing signs of forgetfulness, is not taking their medications, is having difficulty walking, getting up from a sitting position, maintain their balance, or getting around the house, elderly companion care can provide valuable assistance.

“Elderly companion care provides a lifeline to many individuals who need compassionate care to help them get through the day,” according to Meigs. “Coupled with quality health care, at home care brings independence to many elderly adults.”

We encourage you to always consult your loved one’s doctor with any health concerns you have.

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