The cost of nursing home care has risen so dramatically that it is now out of reach for the average American family. As a result, many adult children are now caring for their elderly parents at home — which may be manageable until they start struggling with everyday issues like dressing, bathing, and taking their medication. Is there an affordable alternative to nursing home care?
Thankfully, the answer is yes. Unfortunately, most people don’t know when it’s time to call in the pros. This goes double when memory loss and dementia issues make it even more difficult to take care of someone who needs looking after. With that in mind, here are the most common signs that it’s time to call a home health care professional.
The tragic thing about memory loss in seniors is that it almost never gets better. Children might hope their senior parents will somehow get back to their old selves, but that is seldom the case. Sometimes the only way to keep them comfortable and safe is to hire a reputable home health care professional.
When an older person can no longer take a morning walk without a guide, it’s time to call in a personal-care assistant. Because memory loss causes confusion and affects judgment, a person with dementia might go out for a number of random reasons. Whatever the reason, the memory-impaired individual who leaves the house is putting themselves and others at risk, especially if they have access to an automobile.
In most cases, they simply forget to brush their teeth, take a shower, or even change their clothes. It is also quite common for people with memory loss to avoid these daily chores because they find them uncomfortable. While it is certainly possible for adult children to help their parents dress themselves, brush their teeth, and comb their hair, other daily rituals are potentially dangerous for the untrained assistant. For example, trying to get an elderly individual who doesn’t want to take a bath or shower into the tub can easily result in a slip and fall for one or both parties.