HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PARENTS NEED FULL-TIME CARE? | Rivendell Care

It is often a challenging time when our loved ones get older and new health concerns appear. We have dealt with this on both a personal and client level and we can help you through that process and provide advice. Seniors often have a strong will and naturally want to stay independent and remain in control of their life for as long as they can. It is common for the elderly to try and hide any issues they are experiencing until there is an accident or a clear indication that they need to be monitored.

One way to prevent harm and put their minds as well our minds at ease is by having them looked after by a carer. A carer records the client’s health, wellbeing, medication, diet and liquid intake. This can help with needs being met as well as any trends of deterioration.

There are common signs you should keep an eye out for

You should keep in mind physical changes such as

  • Noticeable weight loss
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Bruises/ wounds or any other marks that are from falls or bumps
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Burns can also indicate that a senior is struggling cooking

Changes in behaviour and mental status

  • Not much interest in hobbies and activities
  • Trouble keeping track of time
  • Increased agitation
  • Changes in sleep pattern
  • Verbally or physically abusive behaviours
  • No drive or motivation

Difficulty performing daily activities such as

  • bathing and grooming
  • dressings
  • toileting
  • Continence
  • Walking and moving (moving from bed to a chair)

Neglecting household responsibilities

  • The decline in household cleanliness and organization
  • Old food that doesn’t get thrown away
  • Unpaid bills/ late payments
  • Urine odour in the house
  • Not opening mail or answering the phone

If you believe your mum, dad, aunt or uncle or any loved one is showing signs of the above, the next step is to address it to them and help them to understand that they have care needs that need to be met.

We offer flexible care solutions such as hourly care, live-in care or 24-hour care. Contact us for any queries so we can help you throughout this challenging time and give you the best care option for your loved ones.

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