When Is It Time?
It’s hard to know when it’s the right time to consider home health care for your loved one. There may never be a time where it just feels right, but there are numerous signs that could indicate a need for medical and/or non-medical care in the home.
We understand that every situation is inherently unique and that the decisions made regarding a loved one’s personal care can be influenced by several different factors.
The following is a list of some signs that may indicate the need for home health care services. If your loved one is experiencing any of these signs, please contact us, so that we can discuss their situation and how our services can be customized to suit their needs.
Personal Care Issues
• Difficulty with grooming, bathing and personal hygiene
• Difficulty preparing meals, not eating properly, or forgetting to eat
• Lack of proper nutrition, leading to weight loss or dehydration
• Unable to perform simple household chores, such as laundry or vacuuming
• Difficulty administering medications, confusion about dosages, or accidental double dosing
Major Changes in Lifestyle
• Diagnosed with life-threatening, altering or chronic illness
• Post-surgical care after being discharged from health care institutions
• Rehabilitation because of impairments, such as strokes or the loss of a limb
• Recovery after vehicle, industrial, or other major injuries
• Recent loss of a spouse, partner, or long-time caregiver
• Family caregivers are overwhelmed by care needs, or are unable to provide the type and amount of care necessary
• Care requirements becoming complicated, requiring a professional caregiver
Observed Attitude or Behavioural Changes
• Sadness, loneliness, isolation or confusion
• Appearance has changed/deteriorated
• Mood swings, anger, anxiety or depression
• Wandering or easily getting lost
• Difficulty understanding others/remembering names or situations and locations
• Mobility issues, such as unsteadiness and increasingly limited movements (i.e. accessing the telephone or doorbell)
• Creating hazards by forgetting to turn off appliances, or allowing tub to overflow
• Impaired decision making leading to vulnerable situations