3 Indicators That It Might Be Time To Bring in Outside Assistance
In a perfect world we would all age at at our own desired pace without ever needing any outside assistance. However, 70% of individuals age 65 and older will need some type of outside assistance to properly execute their activities of daily living. Assistance for the elderly comes in many forms such as a family caregiver, a Home Care Agency, Assisted Living Facility, or Nursing Homes. The most popular choices for outside assistance are family caregivers and Home Care Agencies. This is due to majority of seniors prefer to age in place in the comforts of their own home.
Typically a family caregiver or Home Care Agency is put into place after an emergency situation or drastic change in health. For example, an individual has a stoke and has lost significant mobility, therefore it is no longer safe for them to be left alone. Another situation where outside assistance would be initiated is after an individual falls in their home and suffers a major injury like a broken hip.
You do not have to wait for an emergency to happen before you seek help. Here are 3 very common indicators it is time to acquire assistance.
- Routine: People need outside help as they lose the ability to maintain a routine in their day-to-lives and do certain things for themselves. It is not uncommon to need help in some of the following areas:
- Driving to and from a doctors appointment.
- Buying groceries and preparing meals.
- Taking care of personal needs, such as bathing, dressing and using the toilet.
- Doing housework such as laundry, folding clothes, and yard work.
- Safety: It’s time to bring in help if there are any cognitive or mobility issues that make it dangerous for a loved one to live alone, or be alone at all. If they can’t remember to turn off their burners on the stove, or if they are regularly falling, it is important to have a companion who can provide a watchful eye and a helpful hand to ensure they do not suffer any injuries.
- Loneliness and Boredom: Extended periods of time without social interaction can often lead to depression. Bringing a non-medical home care companion into the home can feel like turning on a light in a dark room. We all get tired of our own stories. Conversations with family members often become routine and repetitive. A happy, energetic and empathetic companion can provide new stories and listen to old ones with interest, which makes the care receiver feel like he or she is a person, still worthy of friendship.
Acknowledging The Need For Assistance
The hardest part about seeking outside assistance is acknowledging you or a loved one can no longer safely care for themselves. Once outside help is accepted, family caregivers are surprised that so much of the load/responsibility is lifted off their plate. This allows family care givers to spend quality time with their loved ones. Also many loved ones who are receiving the care find that they no longer feel like a burden to their family after outside assistance is initiated.
Do you think it may be time to seek outside help for yourself or a loved one? The dedicated staff at ALN Senior Care & Home Services can visit your home for a free consultation to review all your options. This will allow the staff to match you with the perfect caregiver/companion for your unique needs.