Deciding on how many hours of home care service your loved one may need, will be determined by several factors.
◾ Does she have health issues that she struggles with on a daily basis and doe she need help with those issues.
◾ ADL’s (Activities of Daily Life) such as: preparing meals, light housekeeping, bathing, dressing, grooming, laundry, changing liens and cleaning, etc.
◾ How many family members can help and how accessible are those family members. Are those family members dedicated to assisting her several hours each week on a scheduled basis.
◾ Is she willing to have an in-home care provider to assist her and help with her ADL’s.
◾ Does she have a budget set for the cost of in home care services.
Noticing the signs that your loved one needs help and assistance on a regular basis
◾ Is she remembering to take all of her medications at the proper time.
◾ Does she forget thing and misplace items around her home.
◾ Have you noticed she doesn’t bath or change clothes as often as she should.
◾ Does she have difficulty grooming or keeping herself and her hair as well kept as she did in the past.
◾ Is her home more cluttered and less tidy than she would normally want.
◾ Has she become more withdrawn and less active with friends.
◾ Is she reluctant to drive.
◾ Has she begun to eat poorly and is reluctant to cook for herself.
Home care can provide service to help seniors and the elderly
◾ Meal preparation, cleaning the kitchen and organizing the household.
◾ Provide a start to the day. Bathing dressing and grooming.
◾ Light housekeeping, such as: vacuuming, moping and dusting.
◾ Transportation to doctors offices, running errands, grocery shopping and social outings.
◾ Helping prepare her for bed in the evenings.
◾ Agencies provide different levels of care. Make sure to determine what level of care you need and that the agency you select can provide the proper level of care for your loved one’s needs.
In many instances, you may notice that the level of confidence and impendence you love one normally demonstrates is declining. The loss of independence, for seniors, can cause depression. It’s normal for one to be reluctant to accept help, but it appears that your loved one is having difficulty with the Activities of Daily Life, it is time to contact a home care provider.
After just a few weeks most senior quickly adapt to having a caregiver provide assistance. Senior’s being to look forward to the daily interaction and begin to enjoy life again. With help living at home becomes more comfortable. The struggle with cooking, cleaning and personal care becomes easier. The warmth of companionship and socializing returns.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from elder care services in Dallas, TX or the surrounding cities of Plano, Allen, McKinney, Richardson, Frisco, Farmers Branch, Carrollton or North Texas, contact Approved Home Care at (972) 658-4001. We help seniors and their families with home care services for the elderly. Call (972) 658-4001 for more information.