Taking Notice of Subtle Changes
The need for help doesn’t always present itself in a flamboyant manner. This is especially true with seniors who may gradually be losing their ability to take care of themselves, their home or their spouse. To a distant observer, one spouse may appear to have everything under control when they are caring for a spouse that has medical problems, dementia or early stage Alzheimer. The reality of the situation may be that the spouse who is serving as the caregiver is neglecting their own care and experiencing moments when they feel tremendously frustrated or overwhelmed. A loved one’s housekeeping skills may change, they may no longer be cooking or eating healthy meals, and their personal hygiene habits may gradually decline. Your family member may not be taking their medications appropriately or they may be forgetting medical appointments. These are subtle signs that they need someone to help them with daily activities, medication monitoring and transportation.
Companion care in Washington DC offers many services that can make life easier for seniors who are having a difficult time managing daily tasks alone. No two situations are exactly the same. That’s why it’s so beneficial to take advantage of a free home assessment that will help establish what type of services are needed. Concerned, caring professionals can help create a companion plan that will take some of the load off of a spouse who is trying to fulfill the role of caregiver. They can also establish an individualized plan for seniors who live alone and need some assistance with personal care, housekeeping, transportation, medication management and other daily activities.
Not only can companion care help prevent loneliness and provide assistance with numerous activities, the person who is providing the care can also serve as a monitor for any health-related changes that occur. The level of care and the type of services someone needs may change. Home care services can extend from companion care to advanced nursing care. An individualized care plan can be updated, or revised as needed, over a period of time to assure that you or your family member receive the appropriate services.