When is In-Home Care the Right Choice?
When a person’s health deteriorates, even the simple tasks of living at home can be difficult. In-home care can become necessary when people experience significant memory loss or begin struggling with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, getting around, and taking medications. In addition, the challenge of grocery shopping can lead to unhealthy situations in which individuals fail to eat properly, almost certainly leading to a doctor or hospital visit should they become weak or ill.
While strong reasons exist to consider nursing homes and retirement centers, in-home care is usually preferable, not only to the family members involved in making care decisions, but also to the person receiving the care. In fact, nearly 90% of Americans say they would like to grow old at home and keep living in their communities as long as possible, according to AARP.
Unfortunately, as people age, they often experience changes in their abilities that are both subtle and gradual. This is one reason why many families and care providers find it difficult to determine when a loved one may need help with their daily activities.
So how does one know when the time is right to consider in-home care for a loved one?
Often, there are telling signs that a person is having trouble providing their own care. Some may include:
- A recent fall or complaints of dizziness
- Feeling unsteady on their feet
- Limitation of activities or becoming more isolated
- Weight loss or significant loss of appetite
- Becoming increasingly forgetful
- Confusion or anxiousness in new situations
- Bathing less often and/or appearing unkempt
- Difficulties getting to appointments and/or running errands
- Forgetting to take their medications
While looking for signs like these is a good place to start, Silverado At Home can help provide even more help. Starting with a complementary needs assessment from an experienced Life Care Manager, each client’s needs are identified and a care plan is created.
If you determine that in-home care is the right choice for you and your loved one, Silverado’s personal attendants are available as needed – any time, for any length of time. Our one-on-one caregivers provide basic care, companionship, medication reminders, light housekeeping and assistance with meal preparation and personal hygiene. Along with ongoing care from trusted caregivers, the Silverado Life Care Manager continues to oversee and manage care based on the condition’s progression.