With Christmas and the New Year just around the corner, the holidays are an especially good time to check on the well-being of aging seniors in your life. Due to the pandemic, many did not travel last year to protect their elderly loved ones. That means some signs that your loved ones may need in-home care likely went unnoticed.
Sara Wilson, CEO of Home Assist Health, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that serves approximately 400 seniors and individuals with disabilities annually, notes that seniors often don’t want to ask for help because they are afraid of being put in a long-term care home or being moved from where they are comfortable. Many families don’t realize they can stay in their own home and have help come to them.
10 Signs Your Senior Relative May Need In-Home Care
If you visit senior family members this holiday season and notice the following, it may be time to have a conversation about home care:
- Not keeping up with house cleaning/yard work
- Missing appointments or meetings/obligations
- Poor personal hygiene or bladder control issues
- Difficulty with mobility or standing
- Car accident or difficulty driving
- Depression, seclusion or changes in mood
- Loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy
- Multiple chronic illnesses they are trying to manage like diabetes or high blood pressure
- Gained or lost a significant amount of weight; trouble chewing, swallowing or taking medication
- Recent fall
Next Steps for Care
If you’re concerned, consider taking the next step by contacting an organization like Home Assist Health that provides free phone interviews and in-home evaluations. Services include personal care assistance, companionship, housekeeping, respite care and habilitation. Specialty services include enhanced care transitions and enhanced chronic disease management.
You also need to determine if your loved one has insurance for home care, which may come from a Medicaid Long-Term Care benefit, Select Medicare Advantage Plans, or Private Long-Term Care Insurance Plan. For those without home care benefits from insurance, there are other payment methods for access care at home.
Home Assist Health puts compassion into action supporting Arizonans in building and maintaining their independence, community involvement and overall life quality while remaining in the comforts of their own home. For more information, visit homeassisthealth.com.