How to know when it’s time for in-home care
Knowing when to bring in some extra help for yourself or your loved one can be tricky. We all want to be independent for as long as possible, and admitting we need extra support doesn’t come naturally for many people. Often, responding to a crisis is what pushes someone to look for care, but by proactively implementing even a basic package of care, you may be able to prevent that crisis from arising in the first place.
Here are some changes to look for that may indicate you or your loved one would benefit from in-home care.
1. Mobility and balance issues
People are more at risk of a fall if they experience pain when they walk, sit down or stand up, or have trouble getting out of bed, into the bath, or to the toilet. Look out for feet dragging along the ground or any balance issues. If you keep finding bruises from bumping into things, it could be time to get extra support.
We all forget things from time to time, but forgetting to take medication, missing medical appointments or social events, or bills going unpaid could all lead to more stress further down the line. A carer can chaperone you or your loved one to appointments and make sure medication is taken properly.
3. Trouble keeping things clean and tidy
If your loved one is struggling to keep their home clean or you’re finding it difficult to bathe regularly, an in-home carer can help around the house and provide support with washing, continence care and dressing. The biggest advantage of home care is that your loved one gets to stay at home for longer, and a carer can help to keep the house and garden looking just the way you like it.
4. Struggling with meals
Shopping, meal prep, cooking and eating healthy, nutritious meals can become more difficult as we age. While our appetites may change as we get older, eating properly is vital to stay healthy for longer. If you need help with meals or notice your loved one is having trouble stocking their kitchen or is eating the same meals over and over again, you can arrange for a carer to come at mealtimes and even help with the washing up afterwards.
5. Changes in mood or loneliness
Isolation can increase the risks of depression and significantly reduce quality of life, and we often become less socially active as we age. If a family member has become the primary caregiver for a relative it can also put a strain on the relationship and make it more difficult to enjoy spending time together. Companionship is an important aspect of home care, and as well as having a catch up over a cup of tea or sharing hobbies, having a regular visitor will help to spot changes in health, mobility or mood.
At Heroes Homecare, we provide the care and support our clients need to allow them to spend quality time with friends and family, as well as being a friendly face that you can confide in.
To find out more about home care in Reading and Wokingham and the surrounding area, call us on 0118 403 2562.