Unfortunately, there comes a time in many elderly people's lives when they simply can no longer live alone. As trusted Bay Area live-in care providers, we understand that family members often take on the burden of a loved one's care, but sometimes it gets to a point where you cannot afford to take off work, neglect your own family, and spend night after night at your loved one's home. How can you know when the time comes that your elderly loved one either needs to be placed in an assisted living facility, or have live-in care providers? Here are a few signs.
Safety concerns. Your loved one may be perfectly healthy, but prone to bone fractures or other injuries - particularly those who live in homes with stairways, uneven terrain, or that have slippery bathroom/kitchen tiles or shelving that's out of reach as seniors reach their 70s and 80s. There are many instances in which seniors are very independent, but simply need assistance with cooking, bathing, cleaning, and other daily tasks.
Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Whether a loved one is in his or her 30s, 40s, 60s, or older, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can make it extremely risky to live alone. Memory problems, concentrating, or performing tasks that used to be ordinary now become a risk to your loved one's safety and health. Many individuals may be perfectly capable of caring for themselves the majority of the time, however, a momentary "absence" of memory could prove to be disastrous.
Disease or physical impairment. Diabetes, Parkinson's disease, recurring strokes, and other conditions can prevent an elderly loved one from being able to live alone. Advanced diabetes often affects eyesight; kidney failure can make it necessary for around-the clock assistance. Many times, family members are simply unable to care for a family member 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is when it may be necessary to consult with live-in care providers, who can discuss various care options with you and provide solutions.
Personality changes/neglected hygiene. It is not unusual for those who are elderly to experience personality changes attributed to dementia, or to begin neglecting hygiene. Pain, arthritis, conditions including incontinence, or advanced age often result in seniors neglecting to give the necessary attention to hygiene matters. In addition, you may notice that your aging loved one has become less sociable or even depressed because of their physical/emotional ailments. Live-in care providers can help provide the attention, care, and compassion necessary to help those who are aging do so in a happier, more social environment.
At Care Indeed, we know that in most cases, those who are aging would far prefer to remain in their own familiar, comfortable surroundings when possible. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are nice in some situations, however there are many circumstances that can be alleviated simply by having live-in care providers who are highly trained and capable of providing for your loved one's needs, so that he or she can remain at home for as long as possible. Contact us today to learn more about our wide array of home care services in the Bay Area.
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