If you have an aging parent, friend or neighbor, you understand the value of stopping by their home from time to time, bringing conversation; a smile; and on occasion, groceries! Your visits likely help in even more ways than you think.
Seemingly small favors, like resetting clocks for daylight saving time, standing on a stepstool to change a smoke-detector battery, checking the refrigerator for expired foods and taking out the trash, help keep people comfortable in their home, where they want to be. Over time, especially if your loved one has signs of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, their need for small favors will grow. They may need someone to sort medications, refill prescriptions and drive them to medical appointments. They may need help around the house more often and more immediately. It’s not just a matter of comfort, but of safety.
Eventually, there’s a tipping point. Family and friends simply cannot be there as often as help may be needed and may lack the ability or comfort level to help with personal care, medication assistance and meal prep. They worry about their loved one and feel guilty that they can’t do more and the person who needs more help may find it tough to stay in control of their everyday life while relying on favors. If you or the person you love wants to stay safe and independent at home, hiring a trusted home care organization may be a good next step.
Here are the nine signs that you or someone you love may be ready for nonmedical, in-home support.
- It has become difficult or exhausting to keep up with household chores, preparing meals and cleaning.
- Loss of mobility, vision, hearing or memory has made it hard to care for yourself
- Concern regarding the safety when using the shower or bathtub.
- A fall or surgery requires help at home during recovery.
- It’s a struggle to take needed medications as prescribed.
- The individual cannot drive safely.
- Appointments are sometimes forgotten or missed due to lack of transportation.
- The wish for company and conversation.
- The individual doesn’t want to rely on favors from family or friends.
If these signs sound familiar, help is available. A professional in-home caregiver can help with daily needs, such as:
- Personal care: showering, shaving and dressing
- Medication reminders
- Exercise support and diet monitoring
- Housekeeping, laundry and meal prep
- Grocery shopping and other errands
With the right kind of help, you or your loved one can continue living at home safely and independently.
Agrace Age at Home provides nonmedical, in-home senior care from a trusted nonprofit organization — Agrace. Whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, you choose the Age at Home services that will support the way you want to live. To learn more, visit ageathome.org or call (608) 327-7456.