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December 30, 2012The Holidays are among us and you may have noticed signs that your loved one needs extra help. Sometimes it may be as easy as getting some extra help in a few times a week and other times it looks like a move to an assisted living. Call Senior Helpers to discuss all of the available options for your loved one.
Most families eventually have to deal with a complicated and heart-wrenching question; How do I know when an aging relative needs more help at home?
Whether your loved one is simply dealing with the normal struggles of aging, a sudden change in their medical condition or coping with the affects of Alzheimer's or Dementia, there are in-home solutions to keep your loved one safe. It is always best to trust your instinct and take a proactive approach in making sure your senior loved one is safe in their home.
Here are the 10 Warning Signs that your loved one may need additional help at home;
1- Sudden Change in weight (significant weight loss is a major indicator)
2- Failure to properly take scheduled medications.
3- Deterioration of Personal Hygiene.
4- Expired or rotten food in refrigerator or pantry.
5- Temperature in the house is too hot or too cold (depending on the time of year!)
6- General forgetfulness or incidences of getting lost.
7- Sudden surprising mood changes or bizarre behavior (Anxiety or Depression)
8- Decline in vision and hearing or newly diagnosed medical condition.
9- Difficulty completing normal daily tasks (cleaning the dishes, paying bills, laundry etc.)
10- Unexplainable bruises or scars.
Start these discussions as soon as you notice any of these warning signs. It is much easier to start these conversations before bringing in extra help. The first step is identifying the needs of your loved one. Then call in an expert to come up with a schedule and care plan to keep your loved one Independent at home.
Here are a few tips for your conversations with your loved one;
Be Prepared; One tip is to be prepared and have your facts straight before your meeting. Make notes on the signs that have alarmed you and the times that you have noticed them.
Expect Resistance- Your loved one will most likely be upset at you for suggesting outside help and will try to convince you that everything is fine and that they do not need help. This is normal and to be expected. Do not be discouraged and stay calm. Explain the process and how your goal is for them to stay at home. Also explain to them your concern for their safety and how beneficial it will be for them to have a personal assistant/caregiver to help around the house and with their daily needs.
Small Victories; If the conversation gets too heated, take a deep breath and a little break. Take a few minutes to compose yourself, reevaluate where you are in the conversation and then proceed with the conversation. Do not get discouraged but remain focused on the end goal; Your Loved Ones safety and well-being.
A good starting point is to have a Personal Assistant/Caregiver start off just a few times a week for just a few hours and add more time as needed. You will be surprised how quickly your loved one will recognize and start to enjoy the value of extra help.
Sometimes it only takes a little extra outside help to allow your elderly loved one to age in place at home. Start the conversation early to ensure the highest quality of life for your loved one!
Senior Helpers can assist your loved one anywhere they are staying: their home, Independent/Assisted living, Hospital, Rehab center… Their Caregivers can provide companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, fall risk care, transportation, as well as help with bathing, dressing, and other activities of daily living.
Senior Helpers Caregivers are screened and trained to provide excellent care for your loved one. Custom short and long term shifts are available from one hour a day to twenty-four hour and live-in care.
The first step is for Pam to come and meet with you and your loved one. During this FREE assessment, you will discuss needs and desires for care and together a Care Plan is created. Pam and her staff then match a caregiver with your loved one based on personality and level of care needed.
When you make the decision to use Caregivers to bring comfort and care to your loved one, you want to make sure you get the best available and Senior Helpers provides amazing care and customer service. Senior Helpers is a family owned and locally managed company that is State-Bonded, Insured and Licensed.
Give Pam a call today at 770.442.2154.
294 South Main Street #500
Alpharetta, Ga. 30009
At Senior Helpers we focus on:
• Dependability of Service
• Peace of mind for the family
• High Quality of life for our Clients
• Continuity of Caregivers
• Open and Effective Communication