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How to Know If Your Mom Needs Home Care in Auburn, NH

If you suspect that your loved one needs a helping hand around the home, it’s important to know that they aren’t alone. A University of Michigan study reported that two-thirds of older Americans require some sort of assistance to go about their daily lives. Companion home care can be the support that your loved one needs to live a fulfilled life, and give you peace of mind in the process.

 

            Reducing Stress; Increasing Quality of Life

            When you choose companion care, you’re choosing to alleviate unnecessary stress. Senior care provides assistance that’s safe and secure while maintaining your loved one’s independence and dignity.

            Overwhelmingly, being at home is what seniors prefer. According to a study conducted by the AARP, almost 90% of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they get older. This increases their quality of life dramatically.

 

            Signs You Should Choose Companion Care

            Below are signs that you should look into hiring companion home care for your loved one:

  • Stopped driving: Studies have shown that when seniors stop driving it reduces their mental and physical well-being. Increased mobility, behind-the-wheel or not, boost their independence.
  • Skipped medication: As your loved one ages and becomes more forgetful, the struggle of maintaining their medications becomes harder. Skipped medications can affect your loved one’s health.
  • Missed doctor’s appointment: Keeping track of appointments is an important factor in maintaining your loved one’s overall health. If your loved one misses a doctor’s appointment, an untreated illness could worsen in the future.
  • Messy house: Clutter could result in falls which are the leading cause of fatal injury and non-fatal, trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
  • Poor personal hygiene: Poor hygiene can lead to infections as well as other maladies.

 

            Elderly Companion Care Services

            In order to live a fulfilled life, your loved one may need help with a variety of different tasks including bathing, eating, dressing, toileting, shaving, and transferring. Other activities include housework, transportation, and medication reminders. It all depends on the activities that your loved one specifically needs help with.

 

            Hiring Companion Care

            As you research companion care and home care in general, it’s important to incorporate the following factors into your agreement:

  • Date/Time Period: How many hours do you need the services? When do you need the services to begin?
  • Services: What tasks does your loved one need help with? Be sure to be specific when outlining the care.
  • Compensation: What will you pay per hour? Will you provide overtime pay for holidays and weekends?

 

            Companion home care provides the assistance that your loved one needs while giving their family peace of mind. And, in the process, your loved one gets to make a new friend. Call Visiting Angels of Auburn to learn more about how we can help your loved one feel safe and comfortable in their own home
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