It can be difficult to know when the time has come to move your senior parent into a community or seek in-home care. If you don't live near your parent(s) or you don't see them often, it can be challenging to make this decision without knowing how they live on a day-to-day basis.
At CaraVita Home Care, we understand that planning the talk regarding senior care can be difficult, and you may be wondering how to know when it’s time. If you are visiting your senior parent for the holidays, this is a great opportunity to pay attention to their home and behavior to determine what the next steps should be.
#1: Cleanliness of Their Home
Your senior parent(s) will likely clean their house before you arrive for your visit. The level of cleanliness could be an indicator of how difficult they found the task to be. If the home is clean and well-maintained, you may have nothing to worry about. However, if there are spots left unattended or areas of concerns, i.e. a large number of unwashed dishes or multiple lightbulbs that need to be replaced, it could be a sign.
Let’s face it, sometimes we accidentally miss a spot while cleaning. A small layer of dust is normal, but if the area has not been cleaned for some time, that may be a sign that it’s time to bring up the discussion.
#2: Personal Hygiene and Grooming
Another item to pay attention to that may be a sign that it's time for a talk with your senior parent is their personal appearance.
- Is your loved one’s personal appearance well-kept and well-maintained?
- Have they lost or gained weight?
- Any evidence of a fall?
If you answer yes to these or similar questions, it may be time to talk about senior care assistance.
#3: The Kitchen and Fridge
When you’re visiting your senior parent, make sure you head over to the kitchen and check out their food options. Is the kitchen stocked or sparse? Is the food expired? If your senior parent’s kitchen is barren with little to no good food, it could mean they’re having difficulty navigating to the store. If your senior parent needs more transportation options, we previously shared senior transportation options in the Metro Atlanta area, that may be able to help!
#4: Mobility Assistance
While visiting your senior parent(s), be sure to keep an eye on their mobility.
- Does your loved one seem tired?
- Are they struggling to move through their home?
- Do they have stairs and if so, how well are they able to walk up and down the stairs?
These concerns could be a sign that they may require mobility assistance daily, which is another benefit of our in-home care services.
#5: Animals and Plants
While animals make perfect companions for seniors, grooming, and maintaining a pet can be a challenge. If your senior parent(s) has animals or plants, be sure to check in on them, too. Are the plants alive? Are the pets properly taken care of?
If your senior parent(s) demonstrates any of these signs, it may be time to talk for a discussion about senior care options. In-home care offered at CaraVita Home Care is an option for those who need care and assistance but wish to remain in their home. Our team is full of compassionate, supportive, and professional caregivers. Our services offer flexible hours and run 24-hours a day.
CaraVita Home Care serves the Atlanta, Georgia, metropolitan area. If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact one of our in-home care experts today!