Looking around at the home where you grew up, the home where your parents still live, can bring forth a flood of memories. The winding staircase you raced down as a child and posed on for wedding portraits. The fireplace mantle where your parents proudly displayed a never-ending rotation of your crazy art creations. Although your parents have expressed that they prefer to continue living in their own home, when living there begins to threaten their safety and wellbeing, it may be time for an in-home assisted living option.
Here are just several clues that can indicate the need for a discussion about modifying living arrangements to receive care where it matters most, at home:
- Is there a chronic illness that’s worsening? Besides being uncomfortable, it can be unsafe for a senior to live home alone if he or she has a steadily worsening chronic illness.
- 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.
- How socially active are your parents? A senior who lives an isolated life and is hesitant to leave home or invite people in can benefit greatly from the enhanced socialization an in-home caregiver can provide.
If these warning signs are noticed, be sure to discuss with the senior and other involved family members whether it is a good idea for the senior to continue living independently at home, or if it is time to bring in caregiver assistance, in the interest of safety and wellbeing,
A professional caregiver, such as Home Sweet Home In-Care Home provides, can offer socialization and provide care where it matters most with helpful services such as light housekeeping, cooking, shopping, laundry, and more. We help seniors to live safer, more rewarding lives at home. Contact us today to learn more about our home care services in Southwest Michigan.