Knowing When to Bridge the Independence Gap with In-Home Care
Seniors prefer to remain in their own homes and maintain their independence as long as they possibly can. Family provides their support system and helps them do this. However, there are certain signs to watch for that will inform you if your senior loved ones need some trained assistance in order to be able to stay in their home and maintain their independent lifestyle safely.
Learn the signs to watch for and why they are important. When help is needed, the senior care South San Francisco CA services of Always Best Care are only a phone call away.
House and Yard Maintenance
Is housework still done fairly consistently? Are the bathrooms cleaned and the furniture dusted? If a home that has always been clean and neat becomes dirty and messy, this is a sign that some help with household tasks is needed. Are the lawns mowed and the flower beds weeded? If not, it may be time to hire a local teenager or lawn service to take over.
Cleanliness and Personal Hygiene
Do you notice strange and unpleasant odors when you enter the home of your elderly loved ones? This could be caused by a number of things. Incontinence can produce the odor of urine while a pile-up of dirty laundry creates a sour odor. Your seniors may personally smell less than fresh if they have become careless in their personal hygiene habits. Showers and baths are often avoided for fear of slipping and falling. They may wash their hair less often and forget to brush their teeth. Tending to personal cleanliness requires a certain amount of effort and work that your senior may not feel up to.
Keeping Up with the Bills
Are there reminders on the answering machine about past due bills or mail piled up on the desk? A once responsible bill-payer may become forgetful and need help managing their finances and personal business dealings.
Is the kitchen full of good things to eat or of pre-packaged convenience foods that offer little in nutritional value? Has food expired or growing moldy in the refrigerator? Your seniors may have difficulty grocery shopping, cooking or a combination of the two. This can be easily corrected with a caregiver from the in-home care South San Francisco CA relies upon from Always Best Care.
For the Best Elderly Care South San Francisco CA Has to Offer, Rely on Always Best Care
Allan and Angela Encarnacion are ready to assist you and your loved ones with all your non-medical in-home senior care needs. Call 650-634-8270 ([email protected]) to schedule your free consultation.