People plan for their older years in different ways, but it is important to keep in mind that not everyone ages the same. Some may tell their friends and family members they plan to live alone without assistance, but what is true for one person may not be true for another. For example, just because someone in your family lived independently in their 90s, that doesn’t mean you and your family members are guaranteed the same lifestyle.
If you suspect someone in your life may need caregiving help and are not sure where to turn, consider talking to a personal counselor who has experience with issues facing older adults. In-home support can improve the life of a person who is struggling. Connect with a professional to talk through options.
Indicators Someone You Care for May Need Caregiving Help
There are many indicators of support needs. They could include one or more of the following, though there are other signs as well.
- Change in behaviors
- Memory concerns
- Troubles with daily tasks
- Physical hygiene issues
- Large shifts in sleeping and eating patterns
Personality shifts can be a sign an individual may need caregiving help. They may not be interested in activities they once enjoyed. Or, they may retreat into an isolated life. When individuals isolate, they may experience feelings of loneliness. Sometimes, these behavioral changes are connected to other concerns. For example, when an individual is experiencing memory loss, they may feel confused or overwhelmed. Signs of memory concerns include unpaid bills, appointments missed, and general confusion.
Additional support could be needed when daily tasks are no longer managed efficiently. A reduction in physical hygiene could be a sign. Receiving help with grooming and housekeeping could be helpful when there are confusion issues.
You have likely heard it before, but keeping a schedule can be a key to a healthy lifestyle. When an older adult may need caregiving help, they may no longer be able to maintain a well-balanced schedule on their own. They may sleep for most of the day and not change out of their pajamas. Or their weight may fluctuate, either losing weight because they forget to eat or gaining weight because they eat multiple lunches or dinners.
Determining What Level of Care is Necessary
Once a family decides someone needs additional support, the next step is to assess the situation and agree on a level of care. Some thrive with a weekly appointment focused on housekeeping and meal preparation. Others need daily visits, particularly if there is the need for grooming and dressing assistance.
Deciding which option is best, and landing on who pays for the support, can be difficult. It is normal to feel emotional and upset when making long-term care decisions for someone you love. A personal support counselor can walk you through the process, letting you know what to expect and how to manage complicated conversations with family members.
Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.