Know when Elder Care is necessary
Elder care often referred to as senior care, is specialized care that is designed to meet the needs and requirements of senior citizens at various stages.
It included various services like assisted living, nursing care, 24/7 medical check-up facilities, expert doctors and caregivers available for them, physiotherapy, feeding, etc.
Aging doesn't necessarily mean elder care but sometimes the various kinds of diseases can make elders helpless and bedridden and their relatives cannot help them with the best quality medical assistance day and night if required. In the early stages of such illnesses, elder care can begin to save pain from the future.
Be alarmed when you see these signs:
1. Physical problems
2. Cognitive problems
- Gait, stability (walking problems)
- Sensory issues (a loss or decline in hearing, seeing, smelling)
- Chronic health conditions (diabetes, heart disease, arthritis)
- Temporary or permanent physical limitations that may inhibit the senior’s ability to perform ADLs
3. Emotional problems
- Memory loss
- Attention problems
- Forgetting to take meds on time, at the right time, or at all
- Language problems
- Social withdrawal
- Changes in personality (irritable, angry, moody, etc.)
- Loss of interest in activities
When can Elder Care begin?
Family members should discuss when their elders need the assisted living facility. They should notice the changes and challenges coming in day-to-day life. The illnesses can get worse if the proper necessary attention and dedication is not given to them.
Family members, along with your elderly loved one, should discuss the following questions to get started:
* What type of care is needed to ensure immediate/long-term safety?
* What types of care are available?
* What types of services can be used to provide care?
* Can modifications/changes be made to the home or routine to remedy the situation, or is professional help required?
* Can care be provided in the home, or is the move to a facility a better option?
* What are the financial constraints of providing elder care?