No one likes the idea of putting an elderly relative in a care home, but thankfully these days there are alternatives in the form of home care services.
It is important to understand the signs that a loved one may need home care and to take action, so they are not left in dire straits.
These are some tell-tale signals that you should consider home care for your relative.
It is important to get daily exercise, no matter how limited your mobility may be.
As people get older, they tend to spend a lot of the day either lying down or sitting and this isn’t good both for the body and for the quality of life.
If your loved one is having trouble walking, it may be time to start considering some home care for them.
A home carer will be able to help them, as well as taking them out for walks, so they can enjoy some fresh air.
If you notice a decline in their hygiene, both personal and that of their surroundings, a home carer may be the answer.
Poor hygiene may be down to a lack of mobility or it could also be caused by depression. It may be the case that the elderly relative has little interaction with anyone, so doesn’t see the need to ensure good hygiene.
A home carer can help with this, as well as providing companionship. They will be able to help assist with personal care, as well as take care of housework for the elderly person.
If you notice your elderly relative starting to forget things, it may be time to look at a home carer.
If they forget minor things, they may even start to neglect their vital medication.
Memory problems often go hand in hand with ageing, so it is important to recognise the signs and deal with these for your loved ones, so they are taken care of.
Lack of contact
If the elderly person has good mobility but has stopped going out, this isn’t good for their mental or physical health.
If you notice this happening, it is worth considering using home care, so that they have a regular companion, who can also take them out.
If your loved one can no longer get out and drive to get shopping, a home carer could provide this necessary care. They will be able to go out and get shopping for your loved one, so you know they have all the essentials they need.
At The Great Care Company, we provide excellent home care services in the UK and will ensure your loved one is properly looked after. Get in touch to find out more.