Deciding when senior care is no longer a consideration but necessary is a challenge. You’re going to have some hesitance from your parent. Many seniors think senior care services take away their independence. They don’t like the idea of someone telling them what to do or affecting their privacy.
At some point, senior care may become a necessity. When your parent can no longer handle daily activities of living without help, it’s time.
Here are the things you should watch for.
-Monitor Cognitive Skills
The 2018 report from Alzheimer’s Association states 5.7 million men and women in the U.S. has the disease. Every 1 minute and 6 seconds another person develops Alzheimer’s. After the age of 65, there is a 1 in 10 chance your parent will be diagnosed with the disease. Women are more likely to have Alzheimer’s.
That’s not the only form of dementia. Any dementia can affect your parent’s ability to live alone. If your parent is forgetting to take medications, turn off the stove, or struggles with mobility, senior care services are important.
-Has There Been a Fall?
Once a senior citizen falls, the odds of additional falls increase. Your parent might fall while getting out of bed and to the bathroom. Falls frequently occur while getting in or out of the shower or bathtub. A fall down the stairs is another serious issue.
Even if your parent has a medical alert bracelet and can call for help, it takes time for emergency personnel to arrive. With a caregiver in the home, many falls are prevented. A caregiver is there for transfers, assistance walking up and down the stairs, and walks outside.
-Can They Drive?
Many seniors stop driving due to worsening vision or side effects from medications. If your mom gets up and wants to go shopping or your dad wakes up with a toothache, options are limited when they can’t drive. You can skip work from the day and take them, which impacts your income and availability of sick or personal time.
When your parent has a caregiver, the caregiver can drive your mom or dad to businesses and medical practices. They have an escort for the day, and you don’t have to disrupt your daily agenda.
-They’re Not Eating Right
You’ve noticed that your dad sticks to applesauce from a jar for meals. Your mom eats nothing but canned soup. Often seniors have a hard time with food preparation. Arthritis makes it hard to chop vegetables and meats. Caregivers can step in and make sure they’re eating proper meals regularly.
Learn more about senior care services. There’s a full range of options to ensure your parent’s needs are addressed. Call today.
If you or a family member are in need of Home Care Services in Deerfield Beach, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.
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