How Do I Know When My Elderly Parent Needs Home Care?

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While your aging parent may not want to admit he or she needs help around the house, there may come a time when in-home care services are necessary. Your parent may be resistant to in-home care at first, but after discussing the benefits, he or she may conclude it’s a good idea. Here are some ways to tell if your parent needs in-home care so he or she can be safe and healthy and enjoy more freedom.

Poor Hygiene

If you notice your parent isn’t keeping up with his or her hygiene needs, an in-home caregiver may be necessary. The caregiver can help your loved one with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and grooming. It’s important that your parent maintain good hygiene because unwashed hair, dirt underneath the fingernails, poor dental hygiene, and long toenails may lead to illness or injury. Poor hygiene may be the result of chronic pain, cognitive deficits, and psychological disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Unsanitary Home

The next time you visit your parent, take a look around the house. If the trash and laundry are piling up, the floors haven’t been vacuumed or washed, or there’s too much clutter on the floors or stairs, an in-home caregiver may be necessary. Similarly, if there are dirty dishes in the sink or pet waste on the floors, your loved one may need help. Living in unsanitary conditions can cause illness such as gastroenteritis, lung conditions, rashes, and eye irritation. 

Whether your loved one needs help for just a few hours a week or requires more extensive supervision, in-home care may be the answer. Every senior has different needs when aging in place. Some simply need occasional assistance with household chores, while others may be managing a serious illness and require more extensive live-in care. San Antonio seniors can count on Home Care Assistance to provide the in-home care they need and deserve.

Sudden Weight Loss

If you notice your parent has lost weight, the first thing you should do is make an appointment with his or her physician. In the meantime, ask your parent about his or her eating habits. If your parent isn’t eating because cooking is too difficult, consider contacting an in-home care agency. A professional caregiver can do grocery shopping and prepare healthy meals for your parent that meet the recommended daily allowances for vitamins, minerals, and calories to ensure optimal health. Weight loss needs to be recognized and addressed as soon as possible so your loved one doesn’t develop dehydration or malnutrition. 

In San Antonio, home care providers can benefit aging adults in a variety of ways. From cooking nutritious meals to offering timely medication reminders, the dedicated caregivers at Home Care Assistance are available to help your elderly loved one 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mobility Issues

If your parent develops mobility issues and is unable to ambulate or has an unsteady gait, he or she may be at risk for an accident or injury. Unsteadiness when walking may prevent your loved one from keeping up with household chores, and it may also make bathing or showering dangerous. If limited mobility seems to appear overnight, your loved one should see the doctor right away. The doctor can determine if limited mobility is a result of a temporary condition, such as an infection or injury, or related to a permanent or chronic condition, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, brittle bone disease, cardiovascular disease, or poor circulation. Mobility issues may also be the result of cognitive deficits, impaired vision, or neurological disorders.

One of the most challenging tasks of helping an elderly relative age in place safely and comfortably is researching agencies that provide home care. San Antonio families can turn to Home Care Assistance for reliable, high-quality in-home care for aging adults. We offer 24-hour live-in care for seniors who require extensive assistance, and we also offer respite care for family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties. Home Care Assistance will work with you to customize a care plan that’s just right for your loved one’s needs. Call us today at (210) 495-6300 to discuss how we can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved one is being cared for with professionalism and compassion.





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