It’s a touchy subject sometimes when you start to consider whether it’s time for your elderly family member to have a little more assistance on a regular basis. If some or all of these factors are at play for your senior, now might be the time.
Your Senior Has Had a Recent Hospital Visit
Spending time in the hospital, even overnight, can be a big eye opener for both you and your senior family member. There may be some health issues that are new or that she’s been in denial about, and those need to be addressed now. It’s also vital to avoid readmission, if it’s at all possible.
She’s Considering Making Some Changes
If what your senior is doing now isn’t working, or she’s realized that it’s time to make changes she’s been avoiding, she might need help in order to do that. When she’s got help, both from you and from home care providers, she’s got the support that she needs to make those changes with a lot less fuss and bother.
She’s Having Trouble with Mobility
Difficulty with mobility is a huge concern for many caregivers, especially if they’re not able to be there every moment to offer support for their aging adults. Mobility concerns can mean that your elderly family member isn’t able to do some of the activities that have always been simple for her to do, which can lead to a loss of quality of life.
Driving Is No Longer an Option
At some point, your senior’s ability to drive may become a question. When that happens, it’s important that she has another form of transportation because never going anywhere isn’t feasible. While other family members or public transportation might be an option in a pinch, those aren’t always the most reliable solutions. It’s far easier to have home care providers on hand who can leave whenever your senior is ready to depart.
Aging in Place Is Her Main Goal
If aging in place is your senior’s biggest goal, she is probably going to need a little more help. Keeping up with household tasks, cooking healthy meals, and basically remaining as safe as possible are all big parts of aging in place. The problem is that these tasks also take up a great deal of time and energy that your senior might need to use in other ways. Home care providers can relieve her of that burden.
Bringing in home care providers can make a much bigger difference for your senior than you might believe. The assistance and the care that they can offer fills in gaps that you and your elderly family member might not have realized existed.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home health care in Mercerville, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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