Whether you should start home care for your aging parent is one of the most important decisions for your elderly loved one that you can make in your role as being a family caregiver. Paying close attention to your parent’s behavior can give you the information that you need to detect when your parent needs the additional care and assistance of a home care provider. This enables you to make the decision that is right for your parent and for you.
Some of the ways that your parent’s behavior can tell you that they need home care include:
- Sleeping too much or too little, or no longer maintaining a safe and healthy sleeping pattern.
- Not going through the normal tasks of daily life that they have always done, such as tidying their house or putting on makeup
- Withdrawing from social interaction or from activities that they have always enjoyed
- Eating too much or too little, or no longer maintaining healthy eating habits
- Calling you excessively, particularly when you have not been able to be in the home with them much recently
- Repeating the same things to you several times
- Telling you that they have fallen or otherwise been injured more recently, or you witnessing them injure themselves
- Forgetful behaviors such as not remembering doctor’s appointments or losing their compliance with their medications
- Getting lost or seeming confused about their surroundings even when they are in a place that should be familiar
- Becoming defensive about unusual behaviors or new challenges, such as decreased vision or reduced balance
- Seeming sad, depressed, or “not themselves”
When it comes to helping your senior live their best life, starting home care for them can be one of the best steps that you can take. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your parent when it is right for them and for you to ensure that they get the level of care, support, assistance, and companionship that they need to manage their needs and challenges in the way that are right for them while also ensuring that you remain in control of their care and routine.
This can help your parent to feel more independent and autonomous, offering them more control over their lives and opportunities to be active and engaged in the world around them. Home care helps your parent to stay healthy, safe, and comfortable as they age in place, and reduce your stress by taking on care tasks for you so that you can focus your energy and attention in the most effective and meaningful ways.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Home Care in Libertyville, IL, call the caring staff at LifeCare In-Home Care and Home Health Services. Call (888) 606-4199 LifeCare serves all of the Chicago Metro Area.
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