When to Ask for Help Caring for a Loved One
Members of this generation, unlike any to come before it, are often raising a family, managing a career and caring for aging parents – all at the same time. Though they often try to “do it all”, many who belong to this so-called “sandwich generation”, find it a nearly impossible task. The professional staff of Precious Home Companion is ready to assist you in developing a personal care plan uniquely designed to relieve your stress and to meet your loved one’s needs.
For nearly two decades, Precious Home Companion has been helping to care for the elderly by providing a myriad of non-medical services. From live-in care to help with errands (and everything in between) you can count on us to assist in keeping your life running smoothly.
The following is a list of warning signs that may indicate your parents are no longer able to function entirely on their own:
· Sudden weight loss may indicate the elderly person is not eating enough or unable to prepare their own meals.
· Inability to manage medication: If your loved one is failing to take their medications or not following dosage instructions, this can be a sign of confusion. If your parent is confused, they can inadvertently take too much (overdose) medication.
· Poor Hygiene: If your once impeccably groomed loved one suddenly stops bathing, shaving, etc., this can be a strong indication that help is needed.
· Forgetfulness: Loved ones who suddenly forget doctors’ appointments or regularly scheduled activities (like visiting the barber of the hairdresser) may need help from an experienced caregiver.
· Signs of injury: Elders that are seen with bruises or burn marks may be having great difficulty maneuvering on their own.
When and How to Talk to Elders about Lifestyle Changes
Very often, this is a difficult discussion to have with your parents. When you have noticed any of the above indicators or observed any form of bizarre behavior, it is time to broach the subject.
We are pleased to provide some suggestions to assist you in having this vital discussion:
· Your parents probably will not easily admit they require help. This is natural for people who have led independent lives.
· Listen carefully to what your loved one has to say. Acknowledge their concerns and be prepared to offer solutions.
· Many elderly clients express being placed in a “nursing home” as their #1 fear. Let them know, they can be cared for in the comfort of their own home.
· Let your loved one know, you will still be on hand to provide love, care and support.
· Discuss the concerns you have about their well-being. Gently cite examples of times when they have not taken their medication, specific problems which were caused by confusion on their part, etc.
Our skilled staff of caring professionals has been providing superior non-medical home care service to families just like yours for many years. We are pleased to provide:
Certified Nursing Assistants
Home Health Aides
We will work on your timetable and provide only the services you need. Please visit our website at www.precioushome.com to learn of the complete range of services we provide.
We look forward to hearing from you and providing the non-medical homecare services you require.