Families often face decisions concerning issues of senior health and the best ways to assure a healthy lifestyle for aging loved ones at an affordable price. Assisted Living Facilities are an option, but not always the most economical one.
For seniors who do not require 24-hour nursing care, exploring home health care is worth the time and research to make a final decision. Because each senior’s needs are unique, a custom-designed plan can offer each senior the best option for their advancing years.
How do you know when your loved one needs help at home?
Perhaps your father is recovering from recent surgery and isn’t able to move about the house like he used to, or your mother, once meticulous about her appearance, has begun to let herself go.
When you ask how they are doing, the response is always the same, “We’re doing just fine.”
While you want to be there for your loved ones and provide them with the support they need, you may not be able to fully take this type of responsibility. You may be restricted by your hours at work, or you may live too far away. If you can’t be there to ensure the health and safety of your family, you may be considering other alternatives.
Although your parents are aging and may face some health issues, this does not necessarily mean they need to be placed in an assisted living home or a long term care facility.
Home health care services can provide your loved ones with the help they need while allowing them the freedom and independence of living at home.
Signs Your Loved Ones May Need Help at Home
Your aging loved ones may not want to readily admit they need help from skilled nursing care. They may not want to come to terms with the fact that there are some areas of their lives they cannot handle by themselves anymore. For this reason, it is often up to you and other members of your family to recognize signs that indicate your loved ones may need private home care. Some of the most common signs may be:
- Difficult standing up or sitting down by themselves
- Spoiled or forgotten food on counters or in the refrigerator
- Noticeable decline in personal care and grooming
- Poor diet or sudden weight loss
- Bounced checks, notices of late payments, or calls from creditors
- Recent surgery or diagnosis of illness
- Home that has become much more cluttered or messy
Introducing Your Loved One to the Concept of Private Home Care
When you recognize your loved one is in need of skilled nursing care, your first step should be introducing them to the concept. Do not be surprised if they are a bit resistant to this change at first. It can be frightening for them to realize they can no longer care for themselves completely on their own. Here are some helpful ideas to consider when speaking to your loved ones about hiring private home care.
- Identify why they are resistant to the idea. Your loved one may be frustrated by the fact that chronic pain, illness, or age is preventing him or her from performing everyday tasks that used to be simple to do. They may feel more comfortable simply denying a problem exists than facing it.
- Express your concerns, but be careful not to accuse. Instead of approaching the situation by telling them they can no longer take care of themselves, let them know how concerned and worried you are for their safety and health when they are on their own.
- Unless your loved one is incapacitated, allow him or her to be a part of the decision process. You can provide them with the research and information you have about home health care services, but it is essential that they have the last word on what is done so they are comfortable with this change in their lives.
Whether you are concerned about your grandmother, mom, dad, or just a close friend of the family, ensuring they receive the help at home they need is essential.
If you recognize any signs that indicate they need help from a Sarasota or Bradenton in home health care service, take the time to introduce them to the concept and discuss their options so they comfortable and ready to receive the assistance they need to live independent lives at home.
We’re always here to help you transition through the process and to offer support and exceptional quality care.
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Although your parent is getting up there in age, you may still view them as vibrant, active, and able to care for themselves. Sure, they may have slowed down over the past few years and cut out a few of their hobbies or community involvements, but you haven’t had any red flags pop up that would be cause for alarm.
If you visit your parent at least once per week, you may not notice the slow deterioration process or subtle changes that are occurring in their life. As a result, you may be missing important warning signs that can cue you in on the fact that they are in need of extra assistance. Generally, it’s relatives or friends who haven’t seen your parent in a few months who notice the changes first.
Family members are always the last to notice changes in their again parents. Why? Familiarity. You see one another every day, and since the changes take place over a long period of time, they don’t notice the difference.
You could literally lose 20 pounds over the course of six months and your immediate family may not say a word. But run into someone you haven’t seen for a while and their jaw will drop! Same thing with your aging parents, except in their situation, your failure to notice changes can be dangerous.
So, what are the warning signs to look for and how can you guard against the dangers of familiarity?
Warning Sign Weekly Checklist
Here’s a list of changes to be aware of. By making a point to purposefully look for them, you’ll be ahead of the game. Instead of waiting until an accident occurs or a trip to the hospital due to a health scare, you’ll be taking a proactive approach when it comes to the well being of your parent.
- Changes in weight: Keep a weekly or monthly record of your parent’s weight. A fluctuation of more than a few pounds is cause for concern. Your aging parent may be forgetting to eat or their appetite may have decreased due to a health condition.
- Changes in food or fluid intake: Open your parent’s pantry and refrigerator once or twice per month. Are they eating healthy? Does their cupboard look sparse? Maybe they are having trouble getting to the grocery store or cooking for themselves. Sometimes depression or loneliness can cause a lack of appetite. An empty pantry should raise concerns.
- Unexplained bruises: Sometimes the elderly try to protect themselves from losing their independence by hiding information. Often they will not tell anyone if they have fallen or hurt themselves in some way. Look for the signs.
- Clutter piling up and an unkempt appearance: Your aging parent may have more trouble getting around than you think. They may cut down on housecleaning, daily chores, or even personal grooming as a result.
- Changes in mood: If your parent is having trouble, this might cause frustration, anger, or changes in mood. Look for signs of irritability or confusion.
What to Do if You’ve Noticed Changes?
Let’s assume you’ve noticed some changes, either from the checklist provided above or other warning signs. What are your next steps?
Many aging parents are very determined to remain independent and refuse to even talk about private home health care or companion services. If you are nodding your head in agreement right now, we have a few suggestions for you.
- Let’s face it, most elderly individuals are deeply afraid of losing their independence. If you present the idea of Help at Home Homecare in a very non-threatening way, you’re more likely to achieve the results you desire. Our staff members and counselors know how to address these concerns. By setting up a consultation with one of our professionals your aging parent will be more likely to see the benefits of home health care instead of focusing on irrational fears.
- Our skilled staff at Help at Home Homecare, can provide as much or as little assistance as your parent needs. It’s up to them. Companion services help with errands, meal preparation, and housekeeping while our skilled nursing care services help seriously ill or recovering patients remain in the comfort of their own home.
The first step is to sit down and have a talk with your aging parent. Let them know you notice the changes but don’t put a downward spin on the topic. A bit of extra help around the house is a good thing!
It’s a benefit which will improve the quality of life of your parent. We can even assist you with any questions you may have before introducing the topic to your parent. Our caring and knowledgeable staff is ready to help.
We offer gentle, caring and Exceptional Home Health Services for your eldercare needs and concerns. Help at Home Homecare provides skilled nursing care, home health care, and companion services to the Bradenton, Venice, and Sarasota areas and beyond.
Don’t wait for an accident, fall, or a medical emergency. Call us today at 941.388.3117 for a FREE Home Assessment- You’ll be glad you did.
I love Seniors. Truly I do. There is nothing like experiencing life through their eyes. They’ve lived long enough to be at a place in their journey, where they can just sit back and enjoy the ride!
Many adults today have been truly blessed to have had grandparents play an active role in their lives when they were children. A grandparent has the time to invest and offers the patience and unconditional love that truly matters and shapes the lives of their grandchildren.
Watching your grandparents or other loved one’s in your life age, tugs at your heartstrings.
If you don’t live near these senior loved one’s in your life, private in home health care is something that you should consider to assist them in their daily duties. Help at Home Homecare offers many levels of skilled care, even for well patients.
The assistance that may benefit them the most includes:
- Errands, Shopping and Transportation
- Daily Living Activities
- Personal Hygiene Care
- Meal Preparation
- Light Housekeeping
These forms of in home health care can give you the peace of mind by knowing that the needs of your loved one are being met, even though there may be miles between you.
If you’re researching this type of at home private health care for your family member, be sure to seek out a trusted, bonded, insured and experienced provider that is even part of the Caregiver Quality Assurance Network, like Help at Home Homecare of Florida is.
A credible private duty Skilled Home Health Care provider should offer a Free Consultation to assess the needs within the home to match the level of care that should be provided. A Case Manager will then recommend a customized plan that will lend the helping hand for your loved one. Based on the need, the provider will determine if your loved one is in need of a Certified Nursing Assistant, Registered Nurse or perhaps a Home Health Aide.
Other Things to Look for when choosing a Private Duty Home Care Provider are:
1. Are they living up to their Mission Statement?
2. Can they provide not only Exceptional Care, but the Service and Support system that you need?
3. Does it seem that the staff genuinely enjoys working there?
4. Do You get ‘Warm Fuzzies’- Is your first impression during the Consultation a Positive one?
5. Are they openly willing to share Client References with you?
When we spend time with Senior adults that are in their “Twilight Years”, it allows us a unique opportunity to learn from their wisdom and laugh at their jokes.
Sitting down with a senior can be very enlightening. I highly suggest that you take the time out of your busy, hectic and duty-filled life to have a real down to earth conversation with a Senior Adult today. We guarantee you’ll walk away with a chuckle on your lips and feel light in your step.
Have you enlisted the services of a Skilled Home Health Care Provider? We would love to hear about your experience in the comments below-
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Times are changing, and the face of home health care is changing right along with it. A decade ago, when you thought of in-home nursing care, it was generally reserved for an aging parent or grandparent. Although skilled nursing care is still often needed to provide senior care, private nursing assistance is now available for a wide range of medical or rehabilitative situations.
Is Home Health Care the right fit for you?
Here are some helpful tips to help You decide whether ‘in home’ skilled nursing care can benefit you or your loved one.
Who Can Benefit From Skilled Nursing Care?
- After Surgery Recovery Period – Are you about to undergo surgery? Today’s hospital stays have been cut to the minimum and many patients are spending the majority of their recovery period at home. While there are some definite benefits, especially psychologically, for a patient to return to familiar surroundings as quickly as possible, they may require assistance performing everyday tasks. This is where skilled nursing care comes into play.
Making the decision to hire a home health aide during recovery can reduce stress, provide peace of mind, and actually speed recovery time since a home health aide can perform duties that may aggravate or put unnecessary strain on the patient.
Note: Elective surgery (such as cosmetic surgery) is also taxing on your body. Home health care is perfect for the days following any surgical procedure.
- Homemaker / Companion Services – Maybe your situation isn’t medically related. You may simply need assistance with household chores such as housekeeping, meal planning and preparation, and shopping. If you or a loved one wants to remain independent but needs that extra helping hand, or a companion for errands and doctor visits, a compassionate and helpful home health care professional can be the ideal solution.
- Rehabilitative Assistance – Whether you’ve experienced an unfortunate accident or are recovering from an illness or medical procedure, your body has the amazing ability to heal and rehabilitate when provided the right combination of rest, exercise, and nutrition. In order to put you on the fast track to the quality of life you deserve, rehabilitative assistance may be just what you need. Our experienced staff includes a full team of physical, speech and occupational therapists who are fully equipped to help get you back to the best version of yourself.
Whatever your particular situation may be, when you find yourself in need of assistance, the caring and dedicated staff at Help at Home Homecare are ready to partner with you and meet your needs. With a strong commitment to excellence, our patient’s satisfaction, comfort, and peace of mind is our first priority.
If you reside in the Sarasota, Bradenton, or the Venice areas of Southwest Florida, give our offices a call. We offer skilled private home health care to Sarasota, Charlotte and Manatee Counties.
We additionally offer complimentary, in-home consultation sessions where we will help you and your family determine the level of support that would best serve you. We can provide as little or as much service as necessary, including around-the-clock car
Give us a call today with any Questions that you may have- We’ve Got Answers at Help at Home Homecare-
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