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When is the Right Time to Adjust Your Loved One’s Home Care Services?

When your loved one in Gastonia, NC, is showing signs of difficulty even after getting professional home care services, it might be time to adjust their level of care

Imagine the following scenario: a senior loved one in your family is starting to have more and more difficulties maintaining their independent lifestyle. Of course, they turn to you and you help them find a trustworthy care provider. Your loved one is getting the assistance they need while continuing to live happily at home. Sounds perfect, right?

Now, fast forward a year. Even though Mom or Dad is receiving the same level of support, they seem to be struggling again. So, what do you think happened?

In simple words, so much can change in a year. During the course of just a few months, an aging adult can start having new, unexpected difficulties. For this reason, it is vital that you regularly evaluate your loved one’s care services and upgrade their care plan whenever needed. Visiting Angels has provided quality care for seniors throughout Gastonia and surrounding communities, so we can help you figure out when it’s time to have a discussion about adjusting your loved one’s care plan.

Evaluating Their Care Plan

When it comes to professional home care services, planning ahead is always a good idea. For example, you can agree on meeting with your loved one and their caregiver every six months to have an in-depth conversation. For older adults with cognitive conditions, such as those with Alzheimer’s disease, more frequent conversations may be more fruitful.

Here are some propositions of questions you might want to ask yourselves and topics you might want to touch when evaluating Mom or Dad’s home care services:

  • Did you, your loved one or your loved one’s care provider notice any changes in your loved one’s well-being recently?
  • Is your loved one having any additional difficulties regarding mobility or strength?
  • Does your loved one feel comfortable enough (or as comfortable as possible) with their care plan?
  • Do your loved one’s current home care services meet their care needs?
  • Are there new, additional areas your loved one’s home care plan could be upgraded with?

A qualified caregiver will most likely be able to spot the arising issues in your loved one as soon as they start occurring. At Visiting Angels Gastonia, our experienced caregivers always keep a watchful eye on our clients and make sure to bring up anything of importance to their families.

Updating Your Loved One’s Care Plan

Depending on the caregiving agency you turn to, getting additional support for Mom or Dad can be solved with a simple phone call or an in-person consultation. At Visiting Angels, our local offices are always willing to upgrade our home care services to meet the clients’ shifting needs.

“Great home care means rising to the occasion,” says Visiting Angels President and CEO, Larry Meigs. “That’s especially true when clients’ develop new challenges or difficulties.”

The simple truth is that aging is a process – and new challenges will come along. It is how we make ready and adapt to these changes what is important.

Visiting Angels of Gastonia, NC, is a leading provider of advanced home care services. To learn more about the assisted living services provided by our staff of compassionate in home caregivers, please call our Gastonia office at (704) 825-3350 or contact us for more information.

Visiting Angels provides elderly assistance for seniors in Alexis, Belmont, Bessemer City, Boiling Springs, Casar, Charlotte, Cherryville, Cramerton, Crouse, Dallas, Earl, Fallston, Gastonia, High Shoals, Iron Station, Kings Mountain, Lattimore, Lawndale, Lincolnton, Lowell, McAdenville, Mooresboro, Polkville, Shelby, Stanley, Vale, Waco, and the surrounding areas of North Carolina.

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