Some older adults only need a helping hand now and then while still remaining largely independent. Other times, however, an aging loved one needs a higher level of care to stay safe, healthy, and comfortable. The determination of just how to approach care should involve an honest, open discussion with your loved one. Here are six ways to tell the level of care a senior in your life will likely benefit most from.
1. Assess General Appearance & Mood
Changes in grooming, bathing, and dressing habits or mood suggest a more personal and involved level of care is likely needed. On the other hand, if there are only minor issues with appearance and mood, your loved one probably needs a lower level of assistance. Respectfully bring up this topic with your loved one as you prepare to provide care of this nature so dignity and self-esteem can still be maintained.
Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality at-home care. Mesa families trust Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.
2. Consider Any Recent Changes Affecting Daily Life
Factor in any significant changes clearly affecting your loved one’s daily life to get a feel for the level of care that’s right. Such changes may include:
• The recent loss of a spouse or other loved one
• Increased difficulty keeping up with household chores and errands
• Fewer opportunities to socialize
Further consider how changes like the ones mentioned above may be affecting your loved one physically or emotionally. This will give you a better idea of how to approach care.
3. Look at Overall Health & Wellbeing
Pay attention to how well your loved one gets around and handles various tasks when you spend time together. Also, if your loved one has a chronic health issue, consider how well it’s being addressed. With mental health, look for any signs of cognitive impairment. If your loved one recently had surgery, also consider how well he or she is recovering.
There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to address if their families opt for professional homecare. You can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep your loved one safe and comfortable while aging in place.
4. See What Other Family Members Have to Say
Some seniors needing extra care may get help with different tasks from multiple family members. There’s nothing wrong with doing this, but it can make it difficult for a primary family caregiver to figure out just how much care is needed. If you know for sure this is the case with your loved one, have a family meeting so everyone can get on the same page regarding care needs.
5. Talk to Your Loved One’s Doctor
Another way to tell the level of care your loved one needs is to get input from his or her doctor. Oftentimes, this is a person your loved one feels comfortable with and trusts, so the doctor may have some additional insights you don’t have. Compare thoughts, impressions, observations, and concerns and come up with a care plan that’s appropriate and approved by the doctor. Getting your loved one’s doctor on board may also make it easier to implement a care plan.
6. Review Overall Needs with Your Loved One Directly
You don’t have to go behind your loved one’s back to determine the level of care needed. If your parent is still mentally capable, sit down together and make a list of his or her current care needs. Next, determine how to best meet those needs. This may involve getting other family members to help or considering options such as in-home care.
If your senior loved one needs around-the-clock assistance at home, the Mesa, AZ, 24-hour care professionals at Home Care Assistance are here to help. Our proprietary Balanced Care Method was designed to promote longevity by encouraging seniors to focus on healthy eating, regular exercise, mental engagement, and other important lifestyle factors. For more information about our flexible, customizable home care plans, call one of our compassionate Care Managers today at (480) 699-4899.