When a Senior sees a decline in his/her functional levels, such as the ability to walk or bathe himself, it is usually time to develop a Care plan so the Senior can remain safe and healthy. Even if the functional decline does not seem too great, it pays to be proactive. If a Senior is weak and falls, that fall can lead to more serious issues like a broken hip, which then can then result in serious declines in his/her health. Unfortunately, falls are extremely common among the elderly and they are the leading the cause of trauma related hospital admissions. In addition to falls, another common risk that declining functional abilities may cause is infections. If a Senior is not able to adequately bathe himself/herself, it can result in infections, which also can spiral into more serious health problems. It is important to be proactive and build a support system to help the Senior minimize the risk of falls, infections, and an array of other potential issues.
In addition to physical limitations, Seniors who are beginning to have memory issues – such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s – usually want to consider some help. People may begin to forget critical things like turning off the stove or remembering how to get back home after going out for an errand.
Home care may be the answer in some of these situations. In others, home care may be part of the answer.