How do you know if a loved one needs in-home senior care? When you are only with them for a couple hours at a time, once a week or so, it is often hard to really notice declines in their health, including memory loss challenges.
As the owner of a senior home care agency for 7 years, I can share many stories of how one spouse covered for the other and then died suddenly and the family realized Mom or Dad had memory loss or other health challenges that kept them from living at home alone. There is also the story of a senior who just kept not showing up for events and meetings that they usually attended and then would show up on the wrong day.
Especially with memory loss, it is natural to not want to share the challenges with others at first. You are embarrased or think that you actually aren't forgetting - how do you know? Maybe you are just too busy to keep up with everything. But perhaps bills are not being paid on time or medications are missed which then cause more severe problems.
Norm McNamara, in his "Caregiverlist Alzheimer's Diary", shares how he first knew he was forgetting yet did not want to tell others. It is important for all of us to have mental memory tests every year, as soon as age 50, as early onset Alzheimer's disease does start as early as 50.
A senior care industry professional association will offer a free Webinar to help you learn about how to look for signs in-home care is needed and how to approach the subject with your loved one.
Webinar: Signs that In-Home Care is Needed
Date: October 11, 2011
Time: 7 p.m. Eastern Time
You may register for the webinar and learn the signs that indicate in-home care is needed, especially if you do not live near your senior family members. You may also find checklists for home care and learn about quality standards necessary for senior home care.
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