Thanks to the recent holidays, you’ve probably spent quite a bit of time with your elderly parents and grandparents. Unfortunately, during this quality time together, you might have noticed a few things that indicate your parents or grandparents are going through a period of declining help, which may mean they need additional help at home.
If it is becoming increasingly obvious that your elderly loved ones are in need of extra support and assistance, you’ll be happy to learn that there are a variety of support options available. Finding the right combination of resources will improve the chances they will be able to stay in their own home longer, leaving them more independent and everyone happier.
Here are a few conditions that may indicate your loved ones could benefit from help at home.
Chronic pain, such as that experienced with arthritis, impairs movement and motor function, making it difficult and painful to do anything from fix a sandwich to squeeze toothpaste on a toothbrush. While chronic suffers often feel a need to rest, the truth is that extended periods of inactivity cause the joints to freeze up, increasing pain.
To relieve pain, perform activities at a slower pace, while making sure to regularly move around during the day. Additionally, loved ones struggling with chronic pain may benefit from support with more strenuous housework.
Problems with Balance
If your loved ones have trouble going from sitting to standing and finally moving, it could indicate a balance problem. As we get older, we can become unbalanced and unsteady putting us at risk of falls.
To improve balance, exercise is necessary. The use of a walker or stick can also provide much needed stability. Additionally, you’ll want to ensure any trip hazards have been removed from the home, replace stairs with ramps or a chair-lift, and install rails in the bathroom and areas at risk of becoming slippery.
During the first stages of dementia, small cognitive changes are common. This may include forgetting how to perform a routine task, disorganisation, emotional instability, and poor personal grooming.
You’ll want to get your loved one to a doctor as soon as possible. The sooner interventions are implemented, the better off everyone will be.
Hearing and Vision Loss
As we get older, it’s normal to experience some hearing and vision loss. However, a significant loss can make it difficult to perform activities of daily living, while also increasing the risk of injury.
It is important for older people to have routine hearing and vision tests. If you have noticed your loved ones are struggling to see or hear, schedule an appointment.
Changes in Mood
For older people, anxiety and depression can cause serious health concerns, including fatigue, irritability, poor appetite and sleep, and weight changes. If you have noticed mood changes in your loved ones, schedule a consultation with a GP to discuss treatment options.
When You’re Unavailable
Work, geography, and other commitments can make it impossible to provide care for your elderly loved ones yourself. Hiring in-home professionals may be the answer to your problems. They can provide help at home, arrange shopping trips, offer companionship, and even provide transportation for shopping and appointments. This will allow your elderly loved ones to stay happily and healthily in their home longer, while also improving their emotional well-being, confidence, and peace of mind.