When a Loved One Needs Help at Home
Over the holidays, did you notice that a loved one who lives at home may have become less self-sufficient?
Was he or she not as stable while standing, possibly creating a fall risk? Or, did you notice that your loved one may be having trouble preparing food or doing laundry?
These are not uncommon issues. The good news is that options are available to help people facing these challenges stay in their homes. Experts from Adventist HealthCare Home Care Services offer advice about when to seek assistance for a loved one at home. Maxine Wright, a patient services coordinator with Adventist HealthCare Home Care, notes key signs that may indicate help is needed:
- Personal hygiene issues: poor personal hygiene and wearing the same clothing for several days
- Clutter: a dirtier and/or more cluttered home
- Expired food: spoiled or expired groceries that aren’t thrown away
- Weight concerns: a poor diet, a negative change in diet or weight loss
- Medication confusion: outdated medication or the same meds with different dosages
- Bruising: unexplained bruising or a casual mention in conversation of a “trip,” “fall” or “small accident”
- Trouble with mobility: difficulty walking or getting up from a seat or bed
- Appointment difficulties: not showing up or failing to schedule important appointments
- Memory lapses: forgetfulness or being repetitive in asking questions or during conversation
- Struggles with paying bills: notices about missed or late payments, bounced checks and calls from collection agencies
- Social withdrawal: loss of interest in social events, friends or community
- Mood: changes in mood, signs of depression or low energy
Adventist HealthCare Home Health recently received the Home Care Elite Award for the seventh consecutive year.