The decision to invest in senior care services is incredibly important. Many time family members may believe they can manage their loved one’s condition on their own or simply don’t recognize the severity of the issue.
By waiting, you may risk your loved one's health and see your own stress levels increase to an unmanageable degree. Luckily, there are certain signs you can look for that will indicate when it’s time to seek specialized senior care services.
Chronic Health Conditions
If your loved one has a chronic health condition, especially one as serious as Alzheimer’s or dementia, they could benefit from in-home senior care as soon as possible. Our caregivers are trained to handle a wide range of health issues and ensure that seniors are living safely and comfortably with their condition. For those with Alzheimer’s or other memory-related issues, remembering to take medications, do laundry, or pay bills can be difficult. Our caregivers can help with these daily tasks and should be enlisted immediately after you notice warning signs.
Your own stress
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your caregiving responsibilities, and are often concerned you’re not able to provide the level of care your loved one needs, it may be a good time to seek professional help.
Caregiving can be a daunting responsibility. When your focus is regularly on your loved one, making sure they’re safe, comfortable, and happy, it can negatively impact your own social life, health, or career.
Difficulty Maintaining their Home
If your loved one usually keeps a relatively neat and organized home but you’ve noticed an accumulation of dust, unopened mail, or other clutter, it could be a sign that they’re unable to take care of certain things.
Forgetfulness, or a lack of energy to perform basic tasks, is a symptom of not only old age but also more serious conditions. Make sure you look outside, too. If you notice flowers clearly in need of water, or dead, untrimmed grass, it could be another sign of lethargy or a lapse in memory.
As people age, their social circles dwindle naturally. If your loved one has become more isolated than usual, rarely going out or speaking with friends, a caregiver can help. Social interaction is important for a healthy, stimulated mind, and having a regular caregiver can give your loved one a companion to talk to, play games with and help forge a meaningful connection.