When is the right time to research in-home assistance? You can start by asking yourself…
“Is my mother, father, relative, friend, neighbor…”
This could be signaling poor eating habits. Menu planning, food shopping and meal preparation become increasingly difficult for older adults. Poor nutrition can lead to health problems or exacerbate existing medical conditions. Our caregivers can assist with preparing nutritious and freshly cooked meals to be served or divided into smaller reheatable portions for future use. They can also assist with disposing of outdated food which is a health hazard.
If you’ve noticed poor hygiene and/or a disheveled appearance, these are signs an individual is not maintaining a bathing and grooming routine. Senior Assist caregivers are trained to assist with bathing, dressing and oral care either “hands on” or standby assistance. A feeling of cleanliness can help older adults feel rejuvenated.
Senior Assist will conduct an in-home safety assessment to identify safety hazards at no cost or obligation. Simple home safety modifications such as removing throw rugs, clearing clutter, installing grab bars and handrails can lower the risk of falling. Caregivers can continue to monitor and instill safety practices.
Lonely and sad?
Older adults become less socially active due to the loss of a spouse and/or friends, medical conditions or no longer driving just to name a few. They can develop a feeling of loneliness and isolation. Companionship services can be scheduled for as little as one 3 hour visit per week. Careful attention is paid to making the best match between caregiver and client. Social stimulation has proven to be extremely beneficial.
Unable to handle household chores?
Many older adults can no longer fully maintain a household. Tasks such as changing bed linens and maintaining a clean kitchen and bathroom can be difficult due to lack of mobility, poor eyesight or memory loss. Senior Assist caregivers can assist with light household chores to ensure a safe and clean environment.
Memory loss is a common issue with aging adults. Missed medication, medical appointments, meals and bill paying will create bigger problems. Caregivers can assist with verbal reminders or creating visual prompts such as large wall calendars.
Assistance with any of the above can allow individuals to safely remain in their home.