When Do You Know It's Time For In-Home Care For Your Elderly Loved One?

No one ever really looks forward to a time in their life when they will not be able to care for themselves. However, for the majority of elderly individuals, some level of in-home care does become necessary at some point. As a child, grandchild, or other relative of an elderly loved one, it is important to know when is the right time to start looking for in-home support. A lot of people initially start out caring for their loved ones on their own but have to transition when the needs become too much to handle.

Take a look at a few signs it may be time to start considering in-home care

Your loved one seems anxious or depressed

One of the first indications that an elderly individual no longer needs to live alone is a change in their personality. Oftentimes, an older adult that spends a lot of time alone can feel more anxious or depressed. They may not be leaving the house very often as well, which can take a toll on their mental health. Watch out for other personality changes as well that may indicate problems with dementia, such as an overall change in temperament, aggressive tendencies, or irrational fear or suspicion.

Your loved one has fallen or had accidents when alone

As a senior gets older, their mobility abilities can change. They may not have good balance or quick enough reflexes to react if they trip or start to fall. Therefore, elderly individuals that live alone may reach a point when they are having a lot of falls and accidents. If you notice this is happening, be sure to consider in-home care for their safety. Watch for signs that your loved one is having accidents and not saying anything as well. They may not speak up if they don't want you to be concerned. You may notice scrapes on their legs, bruising, or even lacerations due to everyday accidents.

Your loved one struggles with everyday living tasks

You may notice that your loved one is not changing clothes or bathing as frequently as they should. Perhaps they are no longer cooking nutritious meals or managing to keep their space clean. These are all signs that your elderly loved one is finding it difficult to manage on their own. You may be able to pick up the slack initially, but if their inability to handle daily activities progresses, in-home care may be necessary. 

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Making an Important Move

About seven years ago, my grandmother’s oxygen suddenly dropped dangerously low. Sadly, this event negatively affected her mind. Because she could no longer care for herself, my aunt decided to move my grandmother into her house. My aunt quickly concluded my grandmother needed more help than she could provide. So, she put my grandmother in a nearby nursing home. At the nursing facility, my grandmother was treated with respect and dignity. She also received the extensive, physical care she needed. On this blog, I hope you will discover the many benefits of moving an elderly loved one into a nursing home.