Growing older is a fact of life. We get to make wonderful memories, share special moments with those around us, and form lasting relationships. However, aging also leads to decreased mobility and, in some cases, illnesses and conditions that make it difficult to complete daily activities. For those who need assistance with the activities in their day-to-day life, but want to retain their independence by living in their own home, home-based care is the solution.
What is Home-Based Care
Home-based care involves any form of professional support that allows someone to remain in an environment they love and feel comfortable in, while ensuring that they are still adequately cared for.
Home-based care may include any of the following:
help with daily activities like dressing and bathing
assistance with tasks around the house
short- or long-term nursing care for an illness, disease, or disability
When to Consider Home-Based Care
It can be hard to determine when your loved one may need home-based care. Keep an eye out for the following signs to help guide your decision on when the time is right.
Changes in Personal Appearance
This could include a deviation from typical levels of personal hygiene such as a strong smell of body odor or urine, or a refusal to change out of dirty clothes. Weight loss is another change to watch out for as it may be a sign that your loved one does not feed themselves as often as they should. Finally, any unexplained bruising may suggest a change in their level of mobility and coordination.
Does your loved one frequently forget to eat? Or maybe they keep forgetting to take medicine or are missing doctor’s appointments? This is a sign that your loved one could benefit from having someone in their home who can help to remind them of these events and activities.
Changes in Household Cleanliness
If your loved one’s home is more cluttered than usual, or if the counters and tables look markedly dirtier than normal, this may be a sign that your loved one could use some assistance with the cleaning of the house. Another sign to watch out for is piles of unopened mail or a fridge full of expired or old food.
New or Worsening Health Issues
If your loved one has recently been diagnosed with an illness or condition or is returning from the hospital after treatment, they may benefit from a professional who can visit their home and care for them. You can also rest assured knowing that someone is there to look after your loved one as they recover from treatment or learn to readjust their life because of a new condition.
At Long Life Care Management, we can ensure that you will find great comfort in the level of care and assistance we provide for your loved one. If you feel as though your loved one may benefit from home-based care, please reach out to us so that we can determine the best way to care for them.