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How to Know When a Senior Needs Assistance at Home

assistance at homeWalking through your parents’ home where you grew up can certainly make you feel nostalgic as you remember all of the good times. The cubby under the stairs that was your secret reading nook away from all of your brothers and sisters. The bedroom door you repeatedly slammed during your tumultuous teenage years. You know that your parents want to age in place in the comfort and familiarity of their own home, but as they continue to become more frail, it could be time to consider a form of assisted living, such as home care.

Watch for these indications that could mean it is time to talk about changing living arrangements by including the services of a Chicago area home caregiver:

  • Is there a worsening chronic disease present? Chronic diseases that are progressively becoming worse over time can make it unsafe for a senior to live alone.
  • Does your parent's appearance look worse? Pay attention to whether the senior has become unkempt, lost or gained a significant amount of weight, or appears more frail and unsteady. 
  • How socially active are your parents? A caregiver can provide socialization enhancements for seniors living alone who are reluctant to leave the house or invite visitors in.

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 Chicago caregiving assistance at home, in the interest of safety and wellbeing, is the best option.

A professional in-home caregiver, such as Independence-4-Seniors provides, can supply a helping hand with tasks like cooking, laundry, light housekeeping, shopping and more, as well as offer some much needed socialization, helping loved ones to live safer, more satisfying lives in the comfort of their own home. Contact us to learn how our Chicago senior assistance at home can improve quality of life for your loved one.

Posted September 16, 2016
Tags: long-term care, Senior Health

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