In medicine, the core principle of success is prevention. When 80% of common illnesses are preventable through early intervention, recognizing and addressing a need before it progresses is invaluable. Do you believe that a loved one might need more advanced care services? When mental and physical decline are on the horizon, it’s best to be proactive. Here are the major signs that you should consider home care for your loved one.
As primary caregivers and those who are most aware of the situation, close family and friends are well-placed to evaluate their loved ones’ mental and physical status. If you notice any of these warning signs, it may be time to take action.
Though people of all ages and abilities may be absent-minded, increased forgetfulness is often a sign of advancing illness, especially in the elderly. If you notice that your loved one’s forgetfulness is beginning to interfere with their daily activities, it may be best to seek professional help in the home.
Whether due to dementia or other mental and physical changes, seniors often struggle to maintain healthy eating habits. For example, changes in the taste buds make many of their former favorites seem unappealing. A home caregiver can help evaluate and plan a varied diet that meets your loved one’s needs.
Falls that could be shrugged off in one’s younger years may be devastating for the elderly. Since staying mobile is a key factor in recovery and quality of life, professional guidance will help your family adapt to your loved one’s changing abilities while maintaining a safe environment.
Altered gait and decreased mobility are not just expected symptoms of advancing age, they may be important diagnostic tools. Since there are multiple physical and neurological illnesses that affect the gait in specific ways, professional evaluation might even reveal the underlying cause of the changes.
If you notice a change in their dress and grooming habits, this may be an early sign that your loved one is experiencing a gradual decline in their health. Patients with dementia, for example, may become unable to take care of their hygiene needs without supervision.
If you believe that one of your loved ones could benefit from professional evaluation and home care, you’ve come to the right place. At Fedelta Home Care, we’re proud to serve families in our community with the highest-quality home care in the region. For a free consultation about your family’s home care needs, contact us today.