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How do I know when it is time to find care for a loved one?

How do I know when it is time to find care for a loved one? New health concerns can arise as we get older, or disabilities can get harder to handle. It is often a challenging time to witness the effects of ageing and disability. We can struggle to know what the best course of […]

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How do I know when it is time to find care for a loved one?

New health concerns can arise as we get older, or disabilities can get harder to handle. It is often a challenging time to witness the effects of ageing and disability. We can struggle to know what the best course of action is. At Westwood, many of our carers have dealt with this in our personal and professional lives. They can help assist you during the process and provide insight and advice.

If you have an older family member, it is common for them to hide signs of decline or problems in their health. Seniors will often maintain a strong sense of will and wish to stay independent, aware that showing signs of concern could end them in a hospital or under care. As a result, they will try to mitigate their symptoms. Mitigation is particularly common after an accident or illness. Families only have the best interest at heart for their loved ones. Still, those struggling must receive the care they need should there be any issues or concerns and be sensitive to giving that person the independence they desire.

One way to ensure your loved one does not put themselves in harm’s way and to set their minds at ease is to have a home carer look after them. A carer deals with keeping track of health records, wellbeing, medication, diet, and liquid intake. Sometimes, this basic level of care is needed to prevent trends of deterioration, allowing continued independence and a little relief all around.

Everyday physical things you can look out for:

  • Weight loss
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Burns indicating a struggle with cooking
  • Bruising or wounds from falls or bumps

Here are some mental and behavioural changes you could watch out for:

  • More agitated than normal
  • Losing track of time
  • No interest in hobbies
  • Verbally or physically abusive behaviour
  • Changes to sleep patterns
  • No motivation or drive to do things

They may experience difficulties performing some of the below tasks:

  • Dressing themselves
  • Using the toilet
  • Bathing or grooming
  • Walking around or moving

They could also be experiencing difficulties with household responsibilities such as:

  • Not opening mail
  • Not answering the phone
  • Cleaning and organising the home
  • Unpaid bills
  • Throwing out old food

It is essential to seek help from professionals if you think your loved ones are showing the above signs. Prolonging this can be potentially dangerous and detrimental to their health. Be sure to address these issues with them in a sensitive manner, and hear their fears, concerns, wants and needs.

Westwood provides care solutions to help people with disabilities or senior clients that help maintain independence and live a complete lifestyle. Don’t hesitate to contact us for any advice or to learn more about our services at 01482 629 506 or info@westwoodcaregroup.com.