There comes a time in life when everyone reaches an age where once simple daily tasks become difficult to perform. Faced with the challenges that aging can bring, seniors are often reluctant to admit they need help to remain at home.
Whether you are caring for a family member, someone with a physical or cognitive disability beginning to consider the possibility of help at home, if any of the following scenarios strikes a chord in your heart, Alliance Home Health Care may be the solution!
• I function fine on my own most of the time, but I could really use some help with some of my physical tasks around the house.
• I’m not really able to get out and socialize nearly as much as I use to. Sometimes I feel isolated & lonely.
• It’s difficult for me to remember things such as appointments, names, or medication schedules. I’ve caught myself forgetting to lock the door or turn off the stove.
• Financially, I cannot afford the cost of an assisted living facility or home care provider.
• My eyesight and hearing is declining. I’d feel much safer if someone were here to help me with the daily household tasks and be there in case of an emergency.
• I feel guilty that I am burdening my family by relying solely on them for support.
• I realize I need some extra help, but moving out of my home is out of the question.
Family and Loved Ones
• Caring for my aging parent is impacting my job, my family, and my relationships.
• I’m concerned that my mother is becoming isolated, not eating well or possibly mistaking her medications.
• I love my parents dearly, but having to care for them on my own is very stressful and exhausting.
• Financially, we cannot afford the cost of assisted living long-term care, or continuing care facilities.
• My father simply can’t safely remain at home – all day by himself.
• My mother seems to be losing more and more independence. I’m concerned about her physical and emotional well-being and want to step in before things get worse.
• Every time I go to visit my parents, I find myself attending to their personal and home chores rather than enjoying quality time with them.
• My parents will be happier remaining comfortable in their own home, rather than relocating to an unfamiliar facility or community environment.
• Leaving on the stove, iron, or oven
• Forgetting to take medication
• Missing appointments
• Forgetting to pay bills
Changes in Mobility:
• Frequent falls (potentially life-threatening)
• Difficulty walking
• Difficulty using assistive devices such as a cane or walker
• Difficulty ascending or descending stairs and getting out of chairs
Changes in eating habits/diet
• Lack of food in the home: empty cupboards or refrigerator (may jeopardize health)
• Inappropriate or unhealthy food, or food that may impact a medical condition such as diabetes or heart disease
• Lack of appetite or overeating
Changes in Mood and Behavior
• Lack of interest in usual activities
• Social isolation
• Lack of participation in such regular activities such as church, clubs or social groups
• Fear of going outside of the home
Changes in sleep patterns
• Sleeping most the day
• Inability to sleep or interrupted sleep
Changes in Physical Appearance
• Unkempt appearance/failure to maintain daily hygiene
• Changes in dress, such as remaining in pajamas or bathrobe all day
Changes in Household
• Unopened mail clutter in the home of an individual who has a history of being tidy. Failure to do laundry or other basic cleaning tasks