It’s never easy to witness an aging family member slowing down or showing signs of safety or health related challenges. One thing many people across the country struggle with is determining when an older parent, grandparent, or even a spouse might need additional care at home.
One of the quick, simple solutions is often about moving from their home, as though the house or apartment is the problem. While they might get some assistance in a new living environment, a home care aide or series of caregivers stopping by to help them throughout the day can be a more affordable and emotionally appealing option.
As noted in the CT Post article, Seniors might show warning signs for additional care needs, written by Tara O’Neill:
“He [Ron D’Aquila, co-founder and CEO of Assisted Living Services] said signs that they might need additional help or care include forgetfulness or confusion, neglect of physical appearance or basic hygiene, neglect of medical needs, personality changes, trouble performing routine tasks, inability to handle finances or pay bills and clumsiness or a recent history of falling.
“It’s important to address the situation as soon as possible,” D’Aquila said.
He said the first step is to take a visit to their primary care physician for a check-up to ensure there are no underlying causes.”
Mr. D’Aquila is correct in his assessment that it’s important to address the situation as quickly as possible. Home care agencies operate in most communities across the country and providing outreach services where they offer information to families of aging and disabled adults can be a powerful resource to help them in this growing challenge.
It’s never easy to sit down and discuss observations with an aging parent (for example)but when regular, everyday people have tips, strategies, and guides to turn to, it can help begin the process. Often, family members think it is their responsibility to take up the mantle and provide whatever physical support and assistance is required, believing the only other option is to move them out of the house.
The more information they have through various outlets, including news publications, social media posts, and so forth, the easier it becomes to not only pay attention to the warning signs that care at home is necessary now, but to also start the conversation.
One of the biggest deterrents is the cost of long-term care, especially at a facility. When people realize aging in place (at home) is possible, they are more likely to start the conversation sooner rather than later.