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Making In Home Care a Priority This New Year

Jan 11, 2018 by Bob Redding

If your senior parent could use a little extra help, consider in home care services

During this time of year, everybody's thinking about New Year's resolutions. One thing very few consider is the fact that this may be one of the saddest times of the year for their senior loved ones. After spending a lot of time with family and friends, it may be difficult to go back to the day-to-day, particularly if your loved one is facing loneliness, anxiety or depression.

Non-medical in home care professionals can help your loved one get through this time of year and work on reducing any anxiety, loneliness, and depression they may be experiencing.

Speaking of New Year's resolutions, this year, consider something a bit different. Instead of making a resolution to lose weight or get fit, think about what you can do to help your loved one live better. It would be great to get the entire family involved as well. Professional in home care is definitely a good option.

Many people have trouble figuring out when it is time to bring up in home care to their loved one. They know their loved one should get some help from a caregiver, but it is difficult to know when the time is definitely there because things change gradually and it may be hard to spot changes in your loved one's behavior. That is why we put together this list of signs that your senior parent does need in home care.

This list is by no means comprehensive but let's take a look:

  • Your loved one may be becoming increasingly more forgetful or is experiencing memory loss that is impeding their daily functioning.
  • They do not smell good and are not showering, brushing their teeth and otherwise taking care of their personal hygiene.
  • Your loved one's home is becoming increasingly more cluttered and dirty.
  • They are falling much more often and experience other injuries.
  • They have one or more health conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, or osteoporosis.
  • Their mood, or personality, has taken a major turn for the worse. They may be hard to recognize sometimes.

As you can see, good living does not consist entirely of being able to take one's medication on time. A rounded life is important for seniors as well. Let the beginning of this new year serve as an opportunity to help your loved one get there. 

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