Is it Time to Adjust Your Senior’s Home Care Plan?
There are so many seniors today who are able to take advantage of tentative in home care. This can be a great way for seniors to maintain their independence and to age in place, right in the comfort of their own home. Many times, family members and loved ones will rally together to help seniors start the sometimes difficult transition to in-home care. However, this is only half of the battle. Seniors, like all people, are always growing and changing, and their in home care needs may be growing and changing along with them.
This is why it is so important to follow up with any senior’s in home care plan and to make sure that they are always getting the care they need, even when their needs change. Here are some signs and signals that may indicate a senior needs to adjust their home care plan. These are some signs that a senior may be in need of more or differing care:
- The senior is starting to lose or gain weight rapidly for no real reason
- Caregivers and loved ones have noticed changes in the senior’s overall health or well-being
- The senior is falling when they are left alone
- Caregivers and loved ones have noticed signs of depression
- The senior does not seem to feel comfortable in their own home
- The senior does not bathe or groom themselves or is not getting the bathing and grooming assistance that they need
- The family worries about the senior when someone isn’t right by their side
- Caregivers worry that the senior doesn’t do anything on their own when left alone
- Family members notice a rapid decline in the senior’s strength, mobility or ability to get around
If family members and loved ones notice that their senior loved one is struggling to get the care that they need, then they may need to update their current care services. For some seniors, this may mean taking away driving or cooking privileges, for others it may mean having longer visits from their in home care provider. Some seniors may even need to transition from part time care to full time care. The important thing to remember is that spotting lapses in care is the first step towards getting seniors the care they need.
Senior care is a dynamic and challenging process at times and most senior’s will have changing needs that must be diligently monitored. A senior’s care plan one month may not be the same care plan that they need the next month. The care they receive needs to be relentlessly monitored to ensure no aspect of their care is slipping through the cracks. Typically, this is a team effort between the caregivers and family members and loved ones. This is the best way to ensure that every senior receiving in home care is always getting the care that they need to stay safe and healthy in their own homes.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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