by Jack Keenan, contributing writer
It’s not easy to have that dreaded conversation with an aging parent — you know, the one that begins “we have to get you some help.” With anyone, change can be a scary proposition, and for an older person, the thought of having to leave the home they’ve lived in for years can be downright frightening. When you visit, you hear the same response: “Everything is fine. Don’t worry.” Anyone who has dealt with an older loved one living on their own has heard all the excuses. Worry and concern often turn to overwhelming frustration.
Of course, hiring Care & Comfort at Home to provide in-home caregiving eliminates the need for older folks to leave their home, as we bring the care to them! But the conversation about that “need for care” still must take place. It’s never easy for people to admit that they are no longer as independent as they once were.
When to discuss the need for more care
So exactly when should you start talking on a very serious level about getting in-home care? Those signs may or may not be so obvious. Folks don’t want to admit they can’t take care of themselves anymore. It’s natural for anyone to want to have total independence. But there are some signs that you shouldn’t ignore.
Signs that a senior needs help
Is your loved one rapidly losing weight or no longer cooking meals? If there has been food left in the refrigerator since your last visit, your loved one might not be eating as well or as much as he or she should.
Bills that are not being paid in a timely manner are also a red flag that help is needed. Are the bills sitting in a pile for countless days, perhaps even unopened? Your loved one might be at a stage where paying the bills and keeping up with personal finances are too difficult to handle alone.
A dirty house or laundry that has piled up are also sure signs that things need to be addressed. The physical jobs around the house might be too much to handle now. Everyone has memory issues occasionally but if your loved one becomes confused easily or often, or is unable to do simple tasks, it’s time to have that talk!
Is your loved one falling often? Unexplained bruises or “roundabout” explanations to your questions might bring up the perfect time to reason with your loved one that you are not sentencing them to a nursing home, but rather enlisting the aid of a fully qualified caregiver who is there only to help.
In-home care makes life easier
How can one argue that one wouldn’t like life to be easier? With the assistance of an in-home caregiver, it can be both easier and more enjoyable… for all of you.
When the time comes, contact Care & Comfort at Home
If the time has come for in-home care, we can help! Give us a call today at 630-333-9262 or contact us via our online form. We will do a free assessment and provide you with a free consultation. Our in-home care services can make life easier for everyone involved!