If you are considering home care for a loved you are not alone. In the US nearly 70% of people 65 and over should at some point in the future expect to use some form of long term care.
To help you make an informed decision we have listed a number of resources for you.
- National Council on Aging – www.ncoa.org
- National Association of Home Care and Hospice – www.nahc.org
- Aging – www.aging-us.com
- Administration on Aging – eldercare.acl.gov
- Alzheimer’s Association – www.alz.org
- Alliance for Aging research – www.agingresearch.org
- The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry – www.aagponline.org
- American Society on Aging – www.asaging.org
Services & Care Options
For those seeking home care Trail Ridge Home Care has a number of services available to help your loved one continue to live in the comfort of their own home. Click on any of the links below for a detailed list of home services we offer.
- Companion Care and Home Helper
- Personal Care
- Advanced/Specialized Care, Couple Care and 24 hour care
Is home care right for you?
Changes in your loved one’s health or mobility can occur slowly over time and can be difficult to notice or, depending on certain health condition, changes can occur suddenly and require you to act quickly.
Here are some signs to help you determine if home care is needed.
- Living environment is cluttered and unkempt
- Forgetting to pay bills and bouncing checks
- Changes in appearance, disheveled clothing, and/or body odor
- Weight loss from poor diet, spoiled or expired food in the house
- Change in balance, difficulty walking or getting up from a seated position
- Forgetting to take medications or taking wrong dosage
- Confused or hesitant when performing familiar tasks
- Not interested in activities they once enjoyed
If you notice any of these condition please call for your free no obligation Care Consultation.
Having the conversation about home care
For adult children it is difficult seeing a parent age. However, watching for warning signs that their health or physical capabilities are beginning to decline and taking action, can be instrumental in helping them remain safe and in the comfort of their own home.
It is important start the conversation about home care as soon as you notice changes that are concerning. The manner in which you approach your loved one also plays a role their willingness to listen and accept support. State your concerns or observation in a calm manner and with respect. Ask them for their opinion about the particular situation or behaviors. Ask if they have experienced other similar situations and how they managed. Ask questions about how they feel about the specific situation or your observations. Using this approach, you establish a conversation rather than escalating into discussion that may not be productive.
Remember, this is a significant change for your parent or loved one and more than likely it will take several conversations to determine next steps. Remember to be patient.