While we are lucky to live and enjoy spending time with our dear parents and grandparents, we must prepare ourselves to assist them as they age. As we all age, we lose the ability to perform more and more of our everyday tasks that are essential to our quality of life. For us at Coastal Home Care, our focus is to ensure the elders we care for maintain their independence and comfort as well as remain healthy and safe.
The services we provide, such as our personalized senior companion care, are tailored to fit each of our patients’ particular needs and preferences. Through Sussex County, DE, we’ve worked carefully with elders and their families to ensure they receive the best, most affordable home care possible.
Below, we provide some instances when you should consider hiring a companion or home caregiver:
Signs of a Lack of Proper Self-Care
There are common signs that indicate when an elder needs caregiver assistance.
One sign is that they are no longer performing certain personal habits, such as daily hygiene, grooming, and dressing. This may be due to them undergoing some form of dementia, or that they’re forgoing their habits because it has become too difficult to do alone.
So, if you notice they no longer dress the same, and are less clean and tidy than before, they are likely in need of assistance.
Other common signs include a general lack of cooking or having nutritious foods around the house, mismanaging or mixing up their medications, avoiding doctor’s appointments, and an overall absence of conversation and companionship in their everyday lives.
While one of these signs may not entirely prove their need for companion care, several of these at once do, and we recommend watching out and addressing them as soon as possible.
Increased Frequency of Accidents/Injuries
Another very important signifier for an elder’s need for home companion care is an increased frequency of accidents and injuries within the home. This is especially true if they are a result of your loved one trying to perform a routine task or chore.
When these incidents occur, most seniors will try to excuse or conceal such events as being a mistake. While it may be true, in order to do what’s best for your loved one, we suggest to remain cautious and try to courteously convince them to install various safety features within their home, such as non-slip seats and mats in their shower and bathroom.
To make certain that they are always safe and taken care of, hire a senior companion caregiver.
Prevention of Sympathetic/Caregiver Burnout
If you or another family member are the primary caregivers to your beloved elder, it’s important to know what your limits are.
As longtime professional home care providers, we understand that providing the care your loved one deserves involves a vast amount of effort and stress.
From our experience, this has led to what is known as caregiver burnout, which is a state of mental and physical exhaustion caused by exerting vast amounts of patience and effort in caring for someone for most of their day.
Hiring a caregiver for even a few hours every other day can provide you or your relative time that they need to regroup and maintain their own quality of life before going back in to help your elderly loved one’s needs.
Coastal Home Care: Devoted Senior Companion Care in Sussex County, DE
Understanding when it is the right time for you and your loved one to receive the care they need is crucial to ensuring they avoid future injuries or damage to their home, as well as maintaining your ability to sustainably provide the love and comfort you want to give.
Coastal Home Care can help through our numerous services, including dependable senior companion care, efficient medication management, and much more. Our caregivers are fully-certified and undergo rigorous hands-on training to ensure they consistently provide high-quality care to each of their patients.
Contact us at (866) 687-7307 to get more information or schedule a caregiver today!