When Is The Right Time To Hire A Caregiver?
Perhaps recently, you visited your mom or dad and noticed a few things were not right — for example, the empty fridge or unpaid bills lying on the table. Maybe there was an unusually excessive pile of dirty laundry, or they hadn’t bathed in a while. Whatever the case, you no doubt left thinking, “Okay, I think it is time to hire a caregiver for mom and dad.”
While it is never easy to admit that your parents no longer can take care of themselves, sometimes hiring a caregiver is necessary for them to live a happy and healthy life.
12 Signs That You Need To Hire A Caregiver
It may be time to hire a caregiver if your aging parent or loved one…
- Becomes lost when driving in familiar areas, yet still insists on driving.
- Forgets to pay bills, something he or she previously managed well.
- Doesn’t recognize the need to schedule necessary household repairs.
- Forgets or doesn’t recognize the need to pick up mail.
- Neglects to dispose of the trash.
- Doesn’t see the need to cook meals, misses meals, or leaves expired food in the refrigerator or cabinets.
- Forgets or doesn’t realize the need to take care of personal hygiene. For example, wearing the same clothes daily, urine odor, or has poor oral hygiene.
- Forgets to take medications, sometimes misses doses, or overdosing by mistake. They may call you to ask which medication they are supposed to take.
- Shows a complete lack of interest in doing laundry or keeping the house clean.
- Has had a few falls, is unsteady on their feet, and has difficulty going up the stairs.
- Sleeps for long periods of time, lacks interest in visiting friends and family, and exhibits a general reluctance to leave the house or run errands.
- Forgets to turn off the stove and shows inappropriate responses toward emergencies.
Finding the right caregiver for any care need is vital in the healing process. Remaining passive and waiting until a fall or hospitalization poses a risk. Subsequentially, the rushed care eventually put in place can trigger a downward spiral on their health based on many different factors.
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