It can be difficult to be objective and understand that your loved one may require in-home care. Although there is certainly nothing wrong with needing home care assistance, making that decision will almost always be difficult. It's recognizing a transition, and lots of people remain in denial about a need for that transition well until occurs. But you don't want to get to that point. With that in mind, we're looking into seven signs that your loved one could benefit from in-home care.
1. They're 85 or Above
While not every person 85 or above is alike, many will require in-home care. According to the Administration for Community Living, in 2018 alone, 21% of people 85 or older required in-home care. This was much more than those 75 to 84 (8%) and those between the ages of 65 and 74 (4%).
2. Their Memory Is Fading
People's memories often tend to fade somewhat with age. This is not always a sign of dementia, but it certainly could be; and even if it's not connected to illness, it's inconvenient and could cause serious problems. Think about how many medications older people often need to take, and how many issues could occur if they don't take them.
3. They've Suffered an Injury or Illness
If your loved one has suffered a serious injury or illness in recent years, they could benefit from in-home care. Even if they recover, it can be much more difficult to recover fully from that sort of incident as you age.
4. You've Become the Caretaker
If you've taken on a serious caretaking role for your loved one, you should probably consider hiring a professional. Not only will this ensure that your loved one receives consistent, quality care; it will also protect your mental health.
5. Their Senses Are Failing
If your loved one suffers from deteriorating vision or hearing, in-home care assistance could make it much easier for them to do what they need to do.
6. They Can't Drive
In-home care can also provide transportation services, which can be important if your loved one needs to visit the doctor but can no longer drive.
7. Their Doctor Recommends It
If your loved one's doctor has recommended in-home care, take them seriously. It's a hard transition to make, but ultimately, it's for the best.