Is your loved one struggling with day-to-day living? Are you concerned for the welfare of someone you care about? Sometimes it’s difficult to accept that it might be time to seek extra help and support, so how do you know when it’s time to get care?
Is it time?
There’re many reasons you might think it’s time for some extra support. Sometimes, it’s obvious. They might struggle with their mobility or live with a condition such as dementia or Parkinson’s.
Sometimes it’s not as obvious – you might wonder if they’re struggling to keep on top of housework or if they’re remembering to take their medication at the right times.
Signs to keep an eye on include:
- Forgetting to eat meals – this can lead to weight loss or dehydration
- Struggling with mobility – even getting up and down from a chair
- Becoming confused with a daily routine
- Struggling with household tasks such as washing-up or hoovering
It might be difficult to get the individual to realise they may need some extra support. It might be easier to suggest they need help with smaller tasks – such as cleaning or shopping.
Allowing someone to come in and do those smaller tasks for them will mean they can get used to someone new in their home. This allows them to build up a relationship slowly and adjust to receiving extra support at home.
Remember, it’s an adjustment period for everyone. Listen to your loved one and understand that they may need time to accept care and support.
Friendship and support
Support doesn’t mean only helping with mobility or the cleaning up. A lot of care calls can be about providing companionship.
Loneliness is on the rise in the UK, particularly amongst the older population. With partners or friends passing away, or family moving further afield it can be hard to stop someone from feeling isolated.
We know companionship isn’t what you think of when you say the word care or think about receiving additional support, it’s still important. If you’re worried your loved one is feeling isolated make sure you talk to them about how they feel.
Talking about it
It will never be easy to talk about extra help at home with an elderly relative. Everyone wants to keep their independence for as long as possible.
Because no two individuals are the same, the support that your loved one might need will be individual too. We offer person-centred care, which means we build the whole care package around the individual.
If you would like to find out about our care packages, contact us by clicking here.