As we get older, we become more acutely aware of the growing needs of our ageing parents. It is never an easy discussion to have when you begin to notice certain behaviours or ailments, that it may be time to consider additional help.
Before that discussion occurs, consider the following signs that home care or companionship services may be needed.
Changes in Behaviour and Cognition
This can be from becoming socially withdrawn, sudden mood swings to extreme agitation or aggressiveness that seems "out of character" for your parent. Forgetfulness, confusion, or uncertainty can also be cause for concern. It's natural, as we age, to become forgetful at times, but combined with confusion, frustration or when it leads to safety hazards (i.e. forgetting the stove on, etc.), it's time to act. They may also have feelings of loneliness, depression, anxiety, fear, and lack the energy and focus they once had. These may be signs of other underlying conditions and seeking professional medical advice is recommended.
You may begin to notice that your parent is wearing the same clothes each day, laundry is not being done, or clothes are tattered or worn. Perhaps their physical appearance, such as unshaven, unkempt hair, or even unexplained bruises or scars, have become more noticeable. Recent accidents or injuries always have an impact on the individual and those who care for them. Risks of injury or a worsening health condition will often provide a reason for immediate or prolonged care. This care may be medical assistance or someone to assist with daily functional activities, such as personal hygiene, dressing, or meal assistance. Mobility concerns are another sign that additional supports are needed. This may be assistive devices, such as wheelchairs or walkers. These devices ensure a level of stability and reduce the risk of injury when used correctly.
Changes in Living Conditions
Upon visiting, you may begin to notice that their home has changed in some way. These may be small, minor changes to more extreme changes that can cause serious health conditions. From expired foods, cluttered rooms and hallways to unsanitary conditions in bathrooms and kitchens or in personal hygiene and dental care, you may begin to notice a change in your parent's living conditions. These changes can greatly affect the mental, emotional and physical well-being of your parent and are signs that help is needed.
If you see significant changes in the health or general well-being of your parent, contact their family doctor or connect with home care service provides like Ideal Caregivers 4u to find out how to help.
From companionship, meal assistance, and respite care, to Personal Support Work with personal health needs, Ideal Caregivers 4u are here to assist your ageing parent to live with dignity, respect, and care. Call us today at (613) 769-1669, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website for more information.
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