When we age our caregiver roles begin to reverse, as children begin taking care of their parents. Sometimes it can be hard to recognize, or even admit, that those who have cared for us all our life may need extra assistance. While this life change can be difficult, it's important to recognize that it's in your loved one's best interest to receive this additional care to ensure that their quality of life does not decrease. There are many signs that can indicate your loved one needs help, but a few of the most common are below. These signs concern mental and physical health, as well as personal habits.
If an elderly loved one you know is exhibiting any of these signs, you may want to speak to his or her doctor. If it is advised that he or she receives extra assistance, it is important to have a discussion about the options with not only your family, but also most importantly the elderly person themselves. This can be a difficult transition for families, but it's important to always keep in mind what the older adult's wants and needs are and involve them in the decision-making process.
While there are many options for additional care for the elderly, only one in particular allows them to keep their independence. Private duty home-care services, like Home by Choice, allow for personalized care while your loved one remains in their own home. They can receive the extra assistance they need, while still maintaining their freedom. Home by Choice is the only locally owned and operated licensed home-care agency in the area, giving us a unique and accurate perspective on what the seniors of Gainesville need.