September 15, 2016
Looking around at the home where you grew up, the home where your parents still live, can bring forth a flood of memories. The finished wood stairs you used to practice tap dance routines on, much to your father’s dismay. The fading lines on the wall behind the kitchen door that marked each year’s growth for you and your siblings. Although your parents have expressed that they prefer to continue living in their own home, when living there begins to threaten their safety and wellbeing, it may be time for an in-home assisted living option like Continuum’s home health services.
Here are just several clues that can indicate the need for a discussion about modifying living arrangements through the introduction of a home health caregiver:
- Is there a chronic illness that’s worsening? Chronic diseases that are progressively becoming worse over time can make it unsafe for a senior to live alone.
- Has the senior’s appearance changed dramatically? Pay attention to whether the senior has become unkempt, lost or gained a significant amount of weight, or appears more frail and unsteady.
- Are your parents socially active or living very isolated lives? Seniors who have isolated themselves from others and are reluctant to leave the house may benefit from the enhanced socialization a caregiver can provide.
If you recognize these warning signs in your loved one, have a discussion with the senior and other family members that are involved. Together, you can determine whether it’s possible for your loved one to remain safely living alone, or if bringing in some daily or weekly professional home health services from Continuum, in the interest of safety and wellbeing, is the best option.
An in-home health caregiver service, such as Continuum, can offer much needed socialization, and provide a helping hand with tasks like light housekeeping, cooking, laundry, shopping and more, helping seniors to live safer, more fulfilling lives at home. If you’re searching for home care in St Charles MO or the surrounding area, contact us today for more information!