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How You’ll Know if You Need In-Home Care Services

by At Home Preferred on April 30, 2012

It can be a hard decision for a family to make the call that a loved one needs home care assistance. You start to maybe notice that they are acting different or struggling to perform daily tasks that used to be performed with ease. So how do you know when it is time to start looking in to home care services? You don’t want to be paying for services that are unnecessary, but you also don’t want to wait until an accident occurs either.

When In-Home Care Makes Sense

The following are warning signs which might help you be able to indicate when a home care agency should be consulted for someone you love:

  • Is recently discharged from the hospital
  • Has physical limitations
  • Is undergoing rehabilitation
  • Experiences lapses in memory
  • Cannot prepare their own meals
  • Cannot maintain their usual lifestyle independently
  • Cannot make it through the night unattended
  • Over burdens your personal schedule
  • Can no longer be satisfied through your own care giving efforts

If you have observed one or more of those conditions in your loved one, it may be a good idea to get a consultation from multiple home care agencies. They will be able to help you distinguish – from an unbiased professional level – whether or not your family requires in home care services for your loved one and to what degree.

The beauty of in home care assistance is that it is given in the comfort of the patient’s own home and does not have to be a major adjustment in their daily routine or life. It is important that the patient understand exactly what services they will be receiving and to what extent; as well as that they are ok with receiving the care offered.

It can be burdensome to decide that a loved one needs care that they can longer can give themselves. Do not rush into the decision and make sure you discuss as a family what will be best for in home care to be a part of your lives.