It might be time for your father to think about home care services. If he’s elderly and living alone, and if you notice that he’s beginning to have trouble tending to his own care, then you might assume that he needs someone to check on him, help him around the house, and make sure that he’s eating properly, that he’s tending to his personal hygiene, and that he is, essentially, safe.
There are numerous signs that could indicate that your father needs the help of home care services. If you notice any of these warning signs, it’s important to remember that he is still an independent person and has the right to choose to hire a home care provider as well as to refuse help.
If you find that your father should have an in-home care provider working with him and he refuses it, then you should learn as much as you can about these services and educate him about what they do and what they can offer. He simply might not understand it and could have a preconceived notion about it.
Here are four signs that it might be time to have that conversation with your father:
- His personal care habits have changed (declined). Maybe your father was never one to be confused with high society. However, instead of a stain on his jeans after working on something in the garage, you’ve noticed that he’s wearing the same clothes for days on end, his hair looks unkempt –as though it wasn’t washed in days, and that his skin looks sallow. Any significant change in personal hygiene could indicate that he has trouble with this level of personal care.
- Forgetting to take medications. Does your dad have trouble remembering to take his medications? If so, then this could be a sign that he needs an in home care provider there to remind him. You could certainly remind him with a phone call, but memory loss will also commonly lead to other basic care problems.
- Extreme loss in weight. If you notice your father is losing a lot of weight, it could be due to him not eating. He might be struggling to prepare meals, or is forgetting to eat.
- Struggling to get up from a chair. If your father struggles to stand up, he may have trouble getting out of bed or doing other activities.
Any of these warning signs could indicate that it’s time for home care services. Sit down and talk to your father about what you’ve seen and explain how this level of home care could help him live life to the fullest.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in Ridgefield, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at (203) 731-2560.