Signs It May Be Time to Consider In-Home Care Services

Given the choice, most of us would prefer to age at home, where we feel most comfortable and secure. In fact, the fear of losing their independence is often the number one concern of older adults.

As people age or deal with a chronic illness, simple tasks such as housekeeping, cooking and shopping can become difficult, and personal care including personal hygiene, toileting, and dressing can be impossible.

Whether assistance is needed just a few hours a week or 24/7, when provided with the support they need, most older adults can live safely in their own homes and not have to move to a residential home or care scheme.

The key to maintaining independent living is to be able to recognise the signs that a loved one may need help and then getting the right kind of care to support those needs.

These are signs that it may be time to bring in home care services:

  • A history of falls
  • Weight loss, diminished appetite or willingness to prepare meals, or out of date food in the refrigerator
  • Problems with walking or balance, getting up or down, or transferring in and out of bed
  • Difficulties with driving or recent car accidents
  • Changes in appearance or hygiene, such as un kept hair, personal hygiene issues due to infrequent bathing or shaving, or wearing unwashed or blemished clothing
  • Not remembering to take medication or order repeat prescriptions, and difficulty with medicines, such as understanding what they are for, the dosage to be taken and when to be taken
  • Assistance is needed with cleaning and tidying the home
  • Paperwork is piling up or bills are not being paid
  • A loss of interest in socializing or in activities that were once enjoyed
  • Confusion, memory loss, difficulty concentrating and changes in personality may be signs of dementia or Alzheimer's disease

If you recognise any of these signs in a loved one, ComForcare can help. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We would be happy to sit down with you and your loved one to discuss your needs and goals and how our services can help. We can meet in your home, the home of your loved one or at our office at a time that is convenient for you.

There are questions you should always ask when talking with home care providers to ensure that the agency you hire is qualified to provide the care you deserve. Click here for a list of these questions.

If you decide care at home is right for you, we will conduct with you, a full assessment of you or your loved one's current condition and needs and create an individualised person centred care plan that will be followed by our professional ComForcare caregivers.

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