While Quality of Life Isn’t the Only Indicator of the Need for Elderly In-home Care

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Your loved one’s quality of life isn’t the only factor to consider when you decide on elderly in-home care. Not every senior who can cook and clean for themselves is okay to live alone. Sometimes, you may want to hire a caregiver a few times a week for other reasons.

  1. Companionship

Your loved one’s health and quality of life require more than just regular baths and monitoring. Sometimes, your loved one needs somebody to talk to and bond with. Loneliness is related to conditions like depression and anxiety. By hiring a caregiver, your loved one will have somebody reliable to converse and enjoy time with whenever you can’t be there. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), isolation and loneliness are contributing factors to mental health conditions in the senior population. 

  1. Checking Up

It doesn’t matter how independent your loved one is; an accident can occur such as a fall. Your loved one could remain on the floor until you or somebody else checks on his or her, which is way longer than comfortable. If you have a caregiver checking on your loved one, issues like emergencies may be addressed sooner. The caregiver will make sure your loved one seems in good spirits, and his or her health is normal. If any issues are detected health wise, the caregiver will notify you and take the necessary precautions. Sometimes, you might not have detected the issue, so it would have remained untreated. A caregiver becomes more like a friend, so your loved one will have somebody to discuss problems with, so you or somebody else may address them as necessary. 

  1. Shopping

Even if your loved one can address a majority of his or her basic needs, shopping is oftentimes a challenge, especially if your loved one has any problems that interfere with driving, walking or lifting. A caregiver can come into your loved one’s home and take him or her shopping or do the shopping for him or her. This is less stress on your loved one.

  1. Ensuring Loved One is Taking Care of His/Herself

Unfortunately, as people age, they don’t always have the desire to take care of themselves like they should and used to. Even a slight case of Alzheimer’s or another memory impairment may hinder how your loved one takes care of his or herself. If you live out of the state or have other obligations, you might not be able to visit regularly enough to notice these changes. However, a caregiver will show up on a regular basis to make sure your loved one continuously takes care of his or herself. The caregiver may even become a person your loved one decides to groom his or herself for. 

 

May Capobianco