Have you noticed your elderly loved one is struggling with things around the house? Perhaps you saw a pile of dirty dishes from a week ago still in the sink or noticed a new bruise on your aging loved one’s arm or knee.
As much as you might not want to admit it, some aging adults reach a point where they struggle to do the basic tasks that keep them safe, healthy and independent. Family caregivers like you now have to make a hard decision about whether your elderly loved one needs in-home care services.
Essential Daily Activities for Seniors
There are certain basic daily activities that aging adults need to be able to execute in order to live independently. Unfortunately, illness, injury, chronic pain, and the effects of old age can all take a toll on the body and mind. This could leave seniors without the physical ability or cognitive capacity to handle everything they once did.
Here is list of essential daily activities that aging adults must be able to accomplish:
- Showering or bathing a few times per week
- Getting dressed and undressed properly
- Managing all toileting needs
- Grooming, including brushing teeth
- Moving in and out of bed and in and out of chairs
- Planning and preparing meals
- Light housekeeping and laundry
- Managing medication properly
- Paying bills
- Making and keeping medical appointments
- Staying socially active
If your aging relative is not demonstrating that they can handle each of these tasks, it may be time for them to have home care services providers. While they may be resistant to the idea of having a home care services provider in their house, it’s better than having an accident, going without something or struggling alone.
Hiring Home Care Services Providers
Once you’ve reached the point where you suspect your elderly loved one needs in-home care, you should not hesitate to hire a home care services provider. Working with your aging relative, you can map out their daily routine to pinpoint areas where they need assistance. Then, you can schedule the home care services provider to come when there are no family members who can be there to help.
Home care services providers are professional assistants that have experience and training for assisting seniors. They can help in the mornings with getting ready for the day, or show up in the afternoons and evenings for other services, plus companionship. In the event of any emergency, the home care services provider is there with the aging adult to be a calm and steady presence.
It’s a wonderful service that gives family caregivers peace of mind and ensures that seniors can age in their own home and not worry about how they will eat or stay healthy.
If you or a loved one are considering Home Care Services near Ephrata PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller. Mary Lynne is a Google Verified Author
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