In-Home Care for Aging Parents - When is the Right Time?
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As we age, we inevitably face a decline in physical and cognitive health. Living independently isn’t always possible, and we will need help from family members or caregivers. How do you decide when it is the right time to find in-home care for aging parents? And where can you turn to get the care your loved one needs? While some signs are obvious, such as a serious health event like a stroke or fall, others are more subtle. Here are some things to look for when considering in-home care for aging parents.
Inability To Manage Self-Care
It may be time to find in-home care for aging parents if you notice a decline in basic hygiene and personal care, such as bathing, dressing, and putting together their appearance. There may also be signs around the home that they’re having trouble, such as disorganization or unpaid bills. Look out for incidents, including falls, missed medication doses, or dropped glasses.
Significant Memory Loss
While some level of memory loss is natural as we age, a significant amount of memory loss may suggest a need for in-home care for aging parents. Some signs of major memory loss include your loved one repeating themselves, getting lost easily, being confused about time or location, and failing to recognize someone they know well.
Aging can lead to muscle weakness, stiffness, and pain in the joints. This makes walking and basic movements difficult and affects balance. Falling is the primary cause of disability in the senior population, so any sign of difficulty walking should be addressed right away.
Isolation and Depression
With the challenges of growing older and possibly losing friends or even a spouse, it’s normal for an aging parent to experience bouts of sadness. However, if you notice a lasting change in mood, or if your loved one has socially isolated themselves from friends and stopped engaging in hobbies they enjoy, it could indicate clinical depression.
If your parents or loved ones need more help than you can provide, it may be time to seek help from an in-home care agency.
Comfort Keepers of New York City
At Comfort Keepers of New York City, our goal is to help our clients achieve the best quality of life while maintaining their independence at home. Our senior home care plans are unique for each family and every home. We also provide other core senior care services, including 24-hour care and specialized care for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Call Comfort Keepers today at (212) 221-3262 to schedule an in-home consultation.