Signs that your loved one needs home care

Spotting the signs that your loved one may need some support in the form of home care is a good first step. But, what are these signs? And how do you know when it’s the right time? 

In this article, we are here to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision. We are also only a phone call away, so can be a sounding board to help you better understand if now could be the right time to look into home care. 

Signs from your loved one’s perspective 

  • Daily tasks are seeming difficult, such as washing, cleaning and preparing meals
  • Poor personal hygiene is becoming an issue 
  • Leaving the house to complete errands (such as shopping or meeting friends) are daunting and confidence is lacking 
  • Your loved one is becoming more forgetful (tasks such as paying bills, feeding their animals or losing items are becoming a more common occurrence)
  • They are not taking the time to do things they used to love doing (such as gardening, drawing, painting, taking the dog for a walk etc.) 
  • Their personality is changing – this can be a sign of loneliness or depression. They may be irritable or uninterested 
  • They have recently had a bad illness, surgery or fall 
  • Their partner has passed away 

We understand that it’s a hard decision to make when considering little support for your loved one, but above are just a few reasons that someone may need home care or home help. For some of our client’s partial care isn’t quite enough, and for this reason, we also can provide live-in care

Below, we have also covered some of the signs that you as the carer may need additional assistance

Signs from your perspective; as a carer or family member 

  • Do you feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? 
  • Do you constantly feel tired and pulled in so many directions? 
  • Do you feel like you’re losing your relationship with your loved one as you are focusing more on being their carer (rather than their family member)?  
  • Not enough time in the day? 
  • Feeling of guilt when you’re not with them? 

These emotions and feelings are completely understandable, but shouldn’t necessarily be accepted as the ‘norm’. You still have your own life to live and need to give yourself time to recuperate too.

Another important thing to notice is if these feelings are stopping you from providing the care that your loved one needs. 

The good thing about home care is that it is totally flexible. Maybe you just need a little support a couple of afternoons a week, or you want someone to be there first thing in the morning to get your loved one up and dressed and ensure they have a healthy breakfast to set them up for the day. 

No two care plans at Burley’s are the same, they are completely bespoke to the individual, so we work around them and you.  

The importance of early intervention 

Early intervention can make a huge difference to someone’s health and wellbeing and is especially important when an elderly individual is showing signs of a progressive disease such as dementia.

By providing the right support early on, they will be able to get a suitable care programme to better their lifestyle. This may include doing certain activities to improve memory, boost confidence or increase physical movement (or all of the above). 

Ready to get some home care in Dorset, Hampshire or Wiltshire?

Hopefully, this article has given you some insight into when we think it may be a suitable time to get a little extra help. As a family member, you can sometimes feel a lot of pressure when you’re the only carer, but getting some additional support isn’t something you should feel guilty about. In fact, you will actually be doing them a favour as they will get the care they need when they need it. 

At Burley’s Home Care, we can provide a range of home care services to suit all needs, these include: 

If you are ready to speak to one of our team, get in touch by calling us on one of the following numbers: 

Hampshire: 01425 470411

East Dorset: 01202 348200

Wiltshire: 01722 280112

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