It can be difficult to determine if your loved one is beginning to need extra assistance around their home—especially if they are used to living independently and may be unaware of their need for help themselves. So as a family member or close friend, it’s important to know how to recognize early signs that home care could be necessary or beneficial to your loved one’s well-being. If you’ve noticed your loved one displaying some of the common indicators below, then it might be time to consider options for extra assistance.
- Have you noticed your loved one neglecting light housekeeping tasks (e.g. laundry, ironing, taking out the garbage, changing bed linens, checking the mail, etc.)?
- Do they have difficulty going grocery shopping or monitoring food expiration dates?
- Are they beginning to have trouble caring for their pets, house plants or their lawn/garden?
- Does your loved one seem isolated or ever mention feeling lonely?
- Do you feel your loved one is not getting enough mental stimulation through activities such as solving puzzles, reading, or arts and crafts?
- Are they having a hard time adjusting to new technology or using devices such as computers, phones, cable, internet, etc.?
- Have you noticed your loved one starting to forget special occasions, appointments, important dates or holidays?
- Are they forgetting to pick-up prescriptions or take medications?
- Has your loved one been having trouble preparing meals for themselves or do they require special diet monitoring that has made meal prepping more challenging?
If your loved one is experiencing some of the symptoms or situations above, in-home care services may be the best solution for them to maintain a level of independence, and allows them to do so within the comfort of their own home. With quality in-home care, your loved one can receive personal, one-on-one care from a caregiving companion without the high-cost and patient traffic of alternative options.
However, some individuals require a higher level of assistance from medical professionals who are licensed to administer prescription drugs and treatments. For those individuals, exploring the options of nursing homes or independent living facilities may prove the most beneficial.
The best way to find out which option is the best fit for your loved one is to consult with a primary care physician. En Su Casa Caregivers also offers thorough in-home evaluations to help determine if your loved one is a good candidate for our services. As a team, we will evaluate your loved ones needs and discuss how our in-home care options are qualified to meet them. We are happy to provide you with as much information as we can to help you through the process of choosing what’s right for your family or friend. Call us today with any questions or to schedule an appointment at 210-495-2953.