Time passes quickly
You blink, and suddenly, things are different. Maybe your loved one has begun to miss appointments a little too often, or the house is not as neat as it used to be. While these may seem like subtle changes, they could indicate that your loved one needs extra support. We understand that it can be hard to accept that things have changed, but recognising these signs is critical in ensuring your loved one is safe and healthy.
In this blog post, we cover some of the top signs that your loved one may need extra support in everyday life, and explore how home care in Romford can help.
Declining home or personal hygiene
If a once tidy house now has a growing pile of dishes, a bin that hasn’t been emptied in days, or floors covered in dust and dirt, it could indicate that your loved one needs a hand with managing domestic tasks. If their appearance has significantly declined, your loved one may need help maintaining their regular beauty routine. Help around the house means supporting them to be safe and well, and help with personal care is important for maintaining a positive outlook on life and a sense of self-worth.
Forgetfulness and confusion
We all forget things now and again. But if your loved one constantly forgets to take medicine or turn off the stove, their safety and well-being can be negatively affected. On a less extreme level, forgetting events or scheduled appointments can be early signs of memory loss and uncharacteristic displays of frustration and anger may be the result of confusion. These traits could be symptoms of early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia, warranting additional assistance at home.
It’s natural for the body to be less agile as it ages. But arthritis, stiff joints, or other mobility issues should not prevent your loved one from moving safely around their home. If they are experiencing difficulty with mobility, having a carer on hand can empower your loved one’s independence and give them the confidence to move safely around their home.
Boredom or seclusion
Growing older comes with plenty of changes, and your loved one may not be the lively, energetic person they used to be. But spending too much time alone can negatively affect a person’s well-being, even prompting the onset of dementia or cognitive decline. If your loved one could benefit from consistent companionship, home care can certainly help. Our experienced carers do so much more than perform household duties – they can also accompany your loved one at social events and activities or simply engage in conversation over a cup of tea.
If your loved one has begun to wander to the point of getting lost, we strongly recommend home care for their safety and your peace of mind. With home care, your loved one is well looked after even when you’re not there.
The benefits of home care
Home care not only ensures your loved one’s needs are being met, but it also empowers their independence by enabling them to live in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible. Rather than being forced to uproot their life and move into a nursing home, home care allows your loved one to remain in a place of familiarity where they feel safe and happy. Because there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to caring, home care provides that personal touch, ensuring that all services are tailored to your loved one’s specific needs.
Get in touch
If your loved one needs extra support, we are happy to help. Please get in touch with our friendly and professional staff who can answer your questions or discuss which options are best for your family.