Caregivers in Tempe AZ: Is it Time for In-Home Care for My Aging Mom?

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Is it Time for In-Home Care for My Aging Mom?



Family caregivers like you can’t do everything for your elderly mother and it’s a good sign when you recognize that it is time to hire some in-home care for her. But how do you know that it really is time for a senior care provider?

Here are 5 red flags to watch out for that indicate it may be time for your elderly mother to have some professional in-home care:

1. Spending Many Hours Alone

If you are only able to check in on your elderly mother after work or every few days, it may be that she has needs that are not being met during the times she is alone. As seniors decline, both physically and mentally, they may struggle with simple tasks but don’t want to let anyone know. They fear losing their independence and will hide the fact that they could use some regular help.

2. Unexplained Injuries

If your elderly mother has some unexplained bruises, scrapes or cuts, she may be struggling with physical tasks around the house. Many elderly women try to cook and clean as vigorously as they once did but struggle to keep up. As seniors grow more unsteady on their feet, they can also experience slip and fall accidents that can cause bruising.

3. Declining Personal Hygiene

As their physical abilities decline, seniors often struggle to bathe or shower properly. Even necessary tasks like getting dressed or using the toilet can be a challenge. If you or other family members notice a decline in a relative’s personal hygiene, it should be a red flag that they are unable to perform the most basic self-care tasks.

4. Lack of Fresh Food

Most adults don’t think twice about running to the grocery store, but for elderly adults, it can be a bid deal. When you go to your aging mother’s house, check the cupboards and the refrigerator to verify that there is adequate food. Sometimes seniors struggle with finances, that may also be limited their ability to shop.

5. Trouble with Driving

It’s very hard for an elderly adult to admit that they are no longer safe drivers. Family caregivers usually pick up on clues they notice, such as speeding or parking tickets, fender benders and even riding with the elderly person. If your mother is suddenly afraid to drive or has shown she is a danger to herself or others on the road, she needs some help with getting around.

When your aging mother doesn’t want to go to a retirement home but can’t quite live independently, it is time for in-home care. With assistants that help out with difficult tasks, elderly adults can live at home for as long as possible. If you want to prolong your aging mom’s independent living, consider hiring an in-home caregiver as soon as possible.

Source:

https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/home-care/info-2018/hiring-caregiver.html

If you or an aging loved one is considering caregivers in Tempe, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.

Mike Endredy, Owner
Mike has been involved with home care for the last 11 years as the owner of SYNERGY HomeCare of the East Valley (Phoenix AZ). 
Mike was brought to the home care industry like many folks through a need to care for my father near the end of his life. 
"Although my mother was the primary caregiver there was not a service to use that can offer relief for my mother and from 2,000 miles away I was not able to provide the care personally he needed.  It was however, a few years after my father's passing that I personally decided to change careers, leaving a career in engineering.  I have never looked back.  Making a difference in people's lives changes you more profoundly than anything and I love that experience.  In the eleven years of making a difference my exceptional team of caregivers and staff have made a difference through providing over 2 million hours worth of care.  This journey is just beginning.  Making a difference in somebody's life or a family members life is why I do what I do.  The hurdles, the heartbreak and the pain that comes makes me stronger and more determined to help another. " - Mike Endredy

 

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