At Griswold, our goal is to make the transition into your loved one’s non-medical homecare as smooth and enjoyable as possible. But we know that the decision to obtain homecare for your loved one is not always easy. In fact, it’s usually the hardest part of the process.
Diane Walker, responsible for Quality, Compliance and Outcomes, has some useful advice to ease this decision making process. Here’s what she has to say:
“90% of older adults surveyed typically respond that they want to remain in own homes for as long as possible. As we age, health events associated with a chronic medical condition such as arthritis, heart disease or a memory related disorder (such as dementia) can negatively impact our ability to remain independent. Changes in health and quality of life can also trigger the onset of depression, which is often undiagnosed and untreated.
“Other than the loss of a spouse or significant health event such as stroke, difficulties with activities of daily living often occur over time and the changes in one’s ability to function can be gradual and go unnoticed. Visiting with older adults over the holiday is a wonderful time to be observant and note changes that may indicate the person could use help to regain or maintain their quality of life.”
This holiday season, make it a point to observe your loved one. Keep an eye out for any signs that his or her ability to lead a satisfying, independent life has declined or diminished. These signs can be a cluttered and disorganized house, blatant loss of weight, bills piling up or a pattern of mistakes with checking accounts, confusion in areas that he or she is usually confident (such as cooking), an empty fridge or spoiled food lying around, forgetfulness with appointments or medication, a lack of enthusiasm to go to events or meetings that he or she is usually excited to attend, inappropriate clothing, poor hygiene and, perhaps most importantly, any indication of depression or uncharacteristic behavior.
Thank you, Diane, for your expert advice on the signs that a loved one should no longer live alone. In our next post, Diane will provide you with the most important questions you should ask a non-medical homecare provider.
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