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Why Your Loved Ones Need In-Home Care?

Knowing when a loved one needs in-home care can be very important to ensuring that they are healthy, active and well taken care of. Sometimes it can be challenging to look after your loved one, especially when you have other priorities like work or children to take care of too. There might be a point when you realize that you need help looking after your loved one.

Use these three areas to help you decide if it is time to get a loved one assistance:

Mental Health- According to the American Psychological Association approximately 20 percent of Americans who are fifty-five years or older are battling some type of mental health disorder. Some of the most common mental health disorders can be anxiety, cognitive, mood, and depression disorders. Here are some signs to look for, to help recognize if your loved one is suffering from a mental health issue:

  • Increased agitation

  • Forgetfulness

  • Overlooking their safety and well-being

  • Misusing their finances in ways they never have before

Emotional Health- Many studies have shown that emotional health in those 65 and over can decrease depending on mental, physical and financial factors in their life. These signs should help you to understand whether or not your loved one’s emotional health is beginning to decrease.

  • Having feelings of loneliness

  • Not wanting to socialize with friends and family

  • Having less involvement in activities that they used to enjoy doing

  • Feeling stressed

Physical Health– The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that more than 27 million Americans suffer from at least one basic action difficulty or complex activity limitation. Physical health is very important to your loved one’s health and if any of the following areas seem to be an issue, it can be telling in whether or not they should receive in-home care.

  • Sleeping regularly, at times they normally would not

  • Changing their eating habits and routines

  • Have trouble with normal daily activities like cleaning, walking or dressing

  • Bruising or falling more easily than they normally would

If you are noticing that these areas have become more frequent in your loved one’s life and would like to learn more, click here.

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