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Noticing the Need

Changes in the health and well-being of our aging family can happen overnight. Or these changes can happen in small ways as each day passes. As we start to be able to spend more time with family- whether in person or virtually, you may start to notice indicators that your loved one may need some additional help. We call this Noticing the Need.

INDICATORS OF AGING THAT CAN HELP YOU NOTICE THE NEED

Physical Appearance

Have you noticed a change in their appearance or hygiene?


Have you seen a change in weight or a loss of interest in cooking?


Have you noticed any bruises or abrasions?

Customized Care Plan

Our Cared-4 program assists with the basic activities of daily living like hygiene, cooking, and light housekeeping to help your loved one remain safe and comfortable at home.


We develop a customized care plan unique to your loved ones’ needs.

Memory

Are they remembering things accurately?


Are they alert and actively involved in conversations?


Do they remember to take their medications?

Improved Peace of Mind

If you're worried about medicines or other daily routines being missed, Home Helpers can help.


Our Cared-4 Program provides Wellness Calls, Medication reminders & dispensers, and so much more.

Motor Skills

Is it a challenge for them to get in and out of bed, walk around the house or use the stairs?


Are they having any issues with their balance?


Are you aware of any falls?

HOME SAFETY CHECKS & MONITORING

Safety at home is so important. To help reduce fall risks, our team does an exhaustive Home Safety Assessment for every client. This, coupled with our Cared-4 program’s fall detection technology, can help keep your loved one safe at home.

Mood

Do they seem happy?



Are they alone for long periods of time?


Are they having meaningful interactions with others?

COMPANIONSHIP IS ESSENTIAL CARE

With mobility and cognitive changes, seniors can get more isolated. Home Helpers Caregivers brighten your loved one’s days with companionship, from sharing stories, playing games, to going on outings.


We pair your loved one up with a Caregiver that is uniquely suited for them.

Our Caregivers

If you have answered “yes” to any of the questions above, Home Helpers ® in-home care team is here to answer all your questions. We offer a Free In-Home Care Assessment, where we will learn about the individual care needs and build a customized plan that meets needs today and prepares for the future. Our Cared-4 program covers every need to keep someone safe and comfortable at home. Bringing in support early is a great way for your loved one to remain independent.

Learn more about how to notice the need, and how Home Helpers can help, below.

caretaker wrapping arm around a senior

4 Signs Your Aging Loved One May Need a Helping Hand

Noticing the Need

Often, we hope the little things we notice in our aging loved ones are no big deal. When observed in isolation, we often chalk these little things up to an “off day.” So, how do you know when to be concerned? How do you know when you may need to intervene? We call this Noticing the Need.

A recent article from Aging Care, a leading resource in geriatrics, outlines the changes that happen as we age – changes in both physical and cognitive function. These two broad areas can dramatically impact the safety of an aging loved one. Let’s break these two areas down into everyday examples:

  1. Difficulty with Daily Tasks – As mobility changes, it can be difficult to shop, cook, and clean. When you visit your loved one, check that there is fresh (not expired) food in the fridge, and that the home looks well maintained, free of tripping hazards, clutter, or garbage. These can all be signs that a little assistance would be helpful to enjoy quality of life at home.
  2. Differences in Physical Appearance– Are their clothes clean and seasonally appropriate? Do they look and smell clean? Are their fingernails trimmed? Are they bruised or hurt in any manner? Changes to hygiene may indicate they need someone to assist, as an inability to maintain one’s hygiene can have a negative impact on both physical and mental health.
  3. Changes in Behavior or Mental Acuity– Have you noticed they’re spending more time alone at home, or not attending the same activities they enjoyed before? Listen to how your loved one is talking: is their mood positive, or do they seem to lack drive or motivation? Try to assess if they have meaningful connections with others – are they calling or visiting with friends and family? Are you noticing that they are not following conversations? Two things can be the cause of this – one physical and one cognitive. Be sure your loved one’s hearing isn’t impaired. People often confuse their loved one’s lack of engagement as being “down” or anti-social, but it is hard to be engaged with the conversation when someone cannot hear. Cognitive issues are a matter of mental health, especially today when too many seniors are isolated and in need of meaningful interactions.
  4. Neglecting Household Responsibilities– Unopened mail, unpaid bills, clutter, broken or improperly-maintained household items are all examples to look out for. Are they getting their prescriptions refilled? These responsibilities, when not maintained, can have serious ramifications.

As our loved ones age, it’s important to keep these factors in mind, as change can happen more acutely in an elderly person. We often hear that seniors are reluctant to talk about these changes, worrying it could mean a loss of independence, but that doesn’t have to be the case.

What to do if you “Notice the Need”

Many people can worry that noticing these needs will require an extreme change that may cause their loved one to lose their independence and/or can be very costly. Often that isn’t the case. Many people, as they age, could use a little help making life easier. That’s where home care can be a tremendous – and more economical - solution.

For example, Home Helpers Home Care® offers a program, Cared-4, that is entirely customizable to the needs of each client. Cared-4 focuses on the four leading causes of loss of independence and hospitalization.

  1. Failure to take needed prescriptions
  2. Inability to maintain proper nutrition
  3. Lack of cleanliness – both personally and in the home
  4. Decreases social Engagement or meaningful connections with others

Home Helpers® Home Care Cared-4program covers every need to keep someone independent, safe and comfortable at home. The customized care plan is tailored to your loved one’s specific needs and can include:

personal care and companionship icon Personal Care and Companionship-Help with the basic activities of daily living like hygiene, cooking, mobility, errands and light housekeeping.

wellness calls icon Wellness Calls- Providing needed reminders or just a simple hello and check-in.

Safety and 24 hour monitoring icon Safety and 24-Hour Monitoring- Providing round-the-clock support with monitoring services.

to do list nutrition and well being icon Nutrition and Well-Being- Assistance with healthy meals, physical acitivity, doctor visits and exercising the mind.

If you’ve noticed a need arising with your aging loved one, Home Helpers® is here to answer all your questions. The FREE In-Home Care Assessment will give you a chance to meet our team, talk about your concerns, and create a Cared-4 care plan to meet your loved one’s needs both today and as their needs change.

Bringing in support early is an excellent, cost-saving way for your loved one to remain safe and independent, to age where they want to: in the comfort of their own home.

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