This great article, 5 Ways to Decide Someone you Love Needs a Caregiver, was written by Rachel Wiggett, who we hope, will soon become a regular contributor to our blog.
It is never easy coming to terms with the fact that someone you love, may not be able to fully take care of themselves anymore. Trying to approach a spouse, a parent or a friend, about their overall health and physical abilities is an incredibly difficult subject to bring up. Often we worry about offending or hurting the person's feelings, or worse yet, being completely wrong about our assumptions.
However, there are certain things you can look out for, in order to determine whether someone you know needs the assistance of elderly care services, medical alert bracelets, or the help of a caregiver.
Whether it is a spouse, a parent, or even a friend, the best thing for you to do, is to look out for their best interest. It's possible someone you care about may need some form of care service. Physical and mental limitations may be preventing them from day-to-day routines like housekeeping and finances.
Following, are 5 signs you can look for, to determine a person's health is deteriorating or that they need assistance from a caregiver.
1) The person has trouble walking or keeping their balance. Catch the warning signs before anything serious happens. As a person gets older, their bones become frail. The result of a slip or a fall could lead to serious and irreparable injury, for example, a broken hip.
2) The person's driving skills are diminishing. Car accidents are unfortunately frequent. If the person has gotten into an accident recently, or, has been in a confused state while driving, approach them about retaking their driver's test. This is not only a major safety precaution for the person you know, but for others on the road as well. There are various caregiver services that provide transportation services for the elderly so they can continue to get around and be mobile.
3) The person has noticeably changed their eating habits. Perhaps they have stopped cooking. You may notice rotten food in the fridge. Large piles of dishes. They may be experiencing a loss of appetite. Lack of a good diet and essential nutrients at the time most crucial in a person's life, is a real problem and should be taken care of immediately. A person that eats well and exercises regularly is much more likely to have a stronger immune system and fight off disease.
4) The person has let themselves go. They wear the same clothes, or have stopped washing their clothes. Their personal hygiene isn't being kept up. Once again, many caregiver services are offered by the government to assist the elderly. They provide services where someone will come directly to your house to help you wash. This also decreases the chance of accident, like slipping in the shower.
5) The person takes medication and has recently stopped, or, is taking the wrong doses. If a person is taking a few different types of medication things can get confusing. Making sure that a person takes their administered dose of medication is extremely important. Elderly care service agencies can offer extra assistance and make sure that the person always takes their medication.