Asking for help is difficult for people in general. When it involves an aging family member, it can be even harder. Here are four signs that it might be time to consider hiring a caregiver for in home help for your loved one age comfortably and safely in place, especially now, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s an older article, but it’s a good one: In 2014, PBS shared a story about aging family members who don’t want to move but who also refuse to accept in-home help. It centers around the story of Karen, whose 87-year-old mom, after months of asking her to accept help, only relented when a fall led her to the emergency room with a broken wrist.
Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common scenario across the country. (The CDC reports that 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments each year from fall-related injuries.) We hope that this post will help you and your loved one identify the right time to find a qualified caregiver for in-home services. The goal is to connect with the right caregiver before the situation becomes too risky for you or your family.
We’re here as your ally as you navigate a path forward for your unique situation. When it comes to finding in-home care for our aging loved ones, no two situations are the same but there are some common signs to look for. Acting sooner versus later to connect with premium and personalized in-home care can help you avoid unnecessary or more serious complications. And, somewhat surprisingly, it can also save you money.
Another sign to keep in mind relates to the current state of our world. As the coronavirus pandemic upends life and work, you may find that previous routines for providing care — including work-based assistance, adult on-site daycare options, or help from friends and neighbors — is now hard to come by or impossible. This can cause undue mental and financial stress for you, too, as you try to juggle new priorities, like taking care of your own children whilst managing your career from a home office.
The Southwest CDC Globe-Times reports that its local in-home care companies are “flooded” with requests from people “desperate” for help to keep their loved ones healthy and engaged right now. At 1+1 Cares, we continue to deliver premier and personalized service, every day. We’re eager to hear from you and refer you to a qualified local caregiver today.
As more grandparents are separated from children and grandchildren amidst safer-at-home measures, seniors may be feeling especially disconnected. A recent study from Medicare Advantage reports that 6 in 10 grandparents wish they heard from grandchildren more often and nearly 20 percent report using video calls for the first time to communicate with family amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The right in-home caregiver can help your aging loved one navigate technology to make these important video calls to stay connected and engaged.
So, take some time and use the list above to make a mental or written checklist of the changes you’re seeing in your loved one. If you see any of the above signs, or others that concern you, now is a good time to have a conversation about the next steps. Talk with your family about how the right in-home caregiver can improve the safety and quality of life for your entire family, and please get in touch with us with any questions you have.