Looking around your parents’ home, the home where you grew up, brings back a slew of memories. The winding staircase you raced down as a child and posed on for wedding portraits. The family room fireplace where everyone gathered to play games and tell stories after dinner. Mom insists she never wants to leave the comfort and familiarity of home; but, when living alone begins to compromise safety, it may be time to start thinking of an assists in living options like in-home care.
Here are just several clues that can indicate the need for a discussion about modifying living arrangements through the introduction of a home caregiver:
- Is there a chronic illness that’s worsening? Conditions that become progressively worse over time can inhibit the senior’s ability to remain living alone.
- Has the senior’s appearance changed dramatically? Take note of whether the senior has lost or gained a significant amount of weight, has become unkempt, or appears more frail and unsteady.
- Is she still socially active? A senior who has isolated herself and is reluctant to leave the house or invite visitors in may benefit from the enhanced socialization a caregiver can provide.
If these red flags or others are noticed, a discussion with the senior and other involved family members is a good idea to assess whether it’s possible for her to remain living independently, or if bringing in some in-home assistance, in the interest of safety and wellbeing, is an option to consider.
An in-home caregiver, such as North River Home Care provides, can offer much needed socialization, and provide a helping hand with tasks like light housekeeping, cooking, laundry, shopping and more, helping seniors to live safer, more fulfilling lives at home.