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Is Your Senior Loved One Struggling in These 5 Areas? If So, Home Care Can Help!

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Find out if your senior loved one can benefit from an in-home senior caregiver from Nightingale Homecare.

As your loved one ages, there may come a time when you question if he or she may benefit from the assistance of an in-home senior caregiver.  It will be important for you to be observant to the warning signs that care may be needed, as seniors are often hesitant to raise the subject of home care. Initiating home care services, however, will not only help maximize your loved one’s independence at home, it will also help him or her to maintain safety. Keep on the alert for the following indicators that your loved one may be in need of home care services:

  • Physical Changes: A decline in physical health can increase the risk of your loved one falling or suffering other serious injury. Look for changes such as difficulty walking, maintaining balance and unsteadiness. If your loved one appears to be in a frail condition, it can be dangerous for the senior to do even the simplest tasks, so home care may be necessary.
  • Inattention to Personal Hygiene: Those individuals who neglect personal hygiene may have a strong body odor, unkempt or unclean hair, obvious inattention to oral care or soiled clothing. While often elderly individuals would like to keep clean, it may have become too difficult to complete the daily tasks to do so. Having in-home care ensures that your loved one can safely maintain a regular hygiene schedule, which improves health and wellbeing.
  • Lack of Nourishment: Your loved one may have lost the ability to regularly prepare food at mealtimes due to lack of energy or other physical conditions. Getting to the grocery store to purchase fresh, healthy foods can be a challenge. You may notice the refrigerator and cupboards may not be stocked, or there may be many items that have passed their expiration date. Not eating properly can lead to lack of nourishment and dehydration, which causes cognitive issues, depression and other health concerns. In-home assistance can provide your loved one with help grocery shopping and preparing meals as well as providing a companion to sit down with at mealtimes, which will help make eating more appealing.
  • Inability to Manage Medications: Taking the prescribed dosage of medicine is essential to maintaining health, especially for elderly individuals with chronic or ongoing medical issues. Many times, seniors are prescribed a number of different medications with different dosage schedules. Prescriptions and dosages can easily become mixed up, which can lead to missing or overdosing on medications. When this happens, severe health problems can occur. In-home care ensures that your loved one stays on his or her prescribed medication schedule.
  • Lack of Household Upkeep: When visiting with your loved one, look for things such as stacks of dirty dishes and laundry, overflowing trashcans and appliances that have been left turned on. If the living spaces are dirty and more cluttered than the person would normally allow, this is a sign some extra help may be needed to keep up with the demands of managing a home. Home care assistance will ensure that your loved one’s living spaces are regularly cleaned and clutter-free.

If you notice any signs that your elder loved one may be having a hard time completing daily activities, including those not listed above, the help of an in-home senior caregiver could be the answer. Not only will this make your loved one’s life a lot easier, it will also bring you peace of mind knowing your loved one is well taken care of.

Take the first step in improving quality of life for your senior loved one by contacting Nightingale Homecare to request a free in-home consultation or to ask any questions about our professional in-home care services for seniors. Call us any time at (602) 504-1555 to learn more and to see if our services are available in your area!

Know the Signs: Cues that an Older Adult Needs Help at Home

Phoenix homecareAs family members, friends, neighbors, fellow parishioners, hair dressers, or others who regularly interact with seniors, it’s important to pay close attention to when an older adult begins to show signs of needing some help and assistance. Signs that an older adult needs help can range from subtle cues to very clear signals. If you notice a change in an older adult’s regular routine, such as lack of hygiene, unmaintained pet care, piling up spoiled food, or forgetfulness—it might be time to suggest help.

Here some common cues that may signal the need for help at home:

  • Missing important appointments and regular activities
  • Struggling to get up from a seated position
  • Difficulty with walking, balance, and mobility
  • Uncertainty and confusion when performing once-familiar tasks
  • Loss of interest in favorite hobbies and activities
  • Spoiled food that doesn’t get thrown away
  • Poor nutritional choices or weight loss
  • Forgetting to take medications or taking more than prescribed
  • Unexplained bruising, which can indicate prior falls
  • Forgetfulness
  • Poor hygiene

To keep the older loved one in your life healthy and independent, it may be time to depend on the help of an at-home caregiver. Home care agencies, such as Nightingale Homecare, are an ideal option because older adults are able to maintain their normal routines in the comfort of their own homes, while receiving visits from a caregiver who can help with daily tasks such as housekeeping, bathing and dressing, meal preparation, caring for pets, transportation, exercise, medication reminders, and companionship.

When talking to an older adult about arranging more at-home assistance, remember that communication is key. If she acknowledges that she needs some extra help with daily activities, ask what she thinks would be a good solution. If she doesn’t see any problems, use concrete examples to show her what you’re seeing. And be sure to be honest, understanding and non-patronizing in your speech, as you don’t want to put the older adult on the defensive.

If you live in the areas of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley or Maricopa County, AZ, reach out to Nightingale Homecare for help with daily activities. With our team, local registered nurses evaluate your loved one, and then set-up a plan of care based on individual client need.  Care is then provided by the health care professional best suited for the client’s need and request, any time of the day or night. Clients can get assistance with areas that seem to be suffering at home, such as hygiene, housekeeping, and medication reminders.

Whether you’re looking for a few days of care or care over the course of many years, the supportive home care available from Nightingale Homecare is tailored to the needs of your individual situation. Call us any time at 602-504-1555, or complete our simple online contact form to let us know how we can help. Let Nightingale be the helping hand the older adult in your life is reaching out for.

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