Each individual is different, and that means that their needs are going to vary. What makes sense for one person might not be ideal for someone else. When you are considering senior care for an elderly loved one, such as your mother or father, there are going to be certain signs that you can consider.
No matter whether you realize that senior home services are necessary or not, it is absolutely essential that you discuss your concerns with them, and allow them to make the decision about what level of care they are comfortable with at this time. If you believe that their safety, or that of others, could be compromised if they refuse any form of senior home services, or senior health care services, you may need to seek legal counsel. In the meantime, it’s important that you respect their decisions about senior care.
Some of the more common signs that you may notice that could indicate the necessity for senior care may include:
- Having difficulty keeping track of aspects of their care. If your mother or father is struggling to keep track of their medications, if they are having trouble remembering to do certain things, such as bathe, or other aspects, then it could be time to seriously discuss senior care services.
- Poor hygiene. One common sign that elderly individuals may show that could indicate the senior for care is poor hygiene. If you notice that your loved one hasn’t showered or bathed, is wearing the same dirty clothes for several days in a row, or that their hair is dirty, it could be a sign that they are unstable in the shower, or are having trouble getting up and down the stairs to do laundry.
- Medical emergencies. Having a stroke, heart attack, slip and fall, and any number of other ailments, including pneumonia could highlight the need for someone to assist them with any number of daily activities, including cooking, some light cleaning, getting exercise, and so on.
If you have noticed any of these signs, you should learn as much as you can about the various senior care options that are available to you and your elderly loved one at this time. The more information that you have, the more prepared you will be when it comes time to discuss the prospect with them. Being able to answer questions is one of the best ways to encourage someone to agree to this level of care.