Across the country, there are millions of people who happily donate their time, money and energy to help care for their elderly loved ones – not only serving as a family member but as a caregiver, too. However, there may come a point in time when the caregiver realizes they need assistance to ensure their senior is as healthy, happy and safe as possible.
If you, as a caregiver, or your elderly loved one start showing these signs, it may be time to start looking into a senior care or assisted living facility.
- Fatigue. Caregivers feeling frequent emotional and physical fatigue should seek help.
- Wandering. If a senior begins wandering away from home or getting lost, he or she could be at risk of injury.
- Aggression. Some seniors who suffer from dementia may display aggression or other out-of-character emotions.
- Safety concerns. Senior-proofing a home is very difficult. Showers, baths, stairs, area rugs and other surfaces may put your loved one at risk for falling.
- Health. Some health conditions require constant monitoring and medication, which becomes difficult for a caregiver to manage.
- Nutrition. Older people with chronic health issues often require special diets.
- Hygiene Problems. Bathing, showering and taking care of the body may be difficult for some seniors, particularly those who are disabled or frail.
- Recent Illness. It is hard for an elderly person to recover from illness or injury. They may need advanced care that is too complex for the caregiver to provide.
- Emotional Distress. Whether it is the caregiver, senior or family members, irritability and emotional distress should not be ignored.
- Advice. It can be hard to have an objective point of view when serving as a caregiver, so listening to comments from the doctor, family members or friends is important to consider.
Where to Find Help
It is important to remember there are senior care alternatives and help is available. Senior care facilities employ medical professionals, professional caregivers and social workers that have special training and provide your loved one with quality care.
At Onora Health, our approach to treatment was directly inspired by our own experiences caring for beloved parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Those personal insights have inspired us to treat our residents as we ourselves would hope to be treated in every aspect of care. We maintain a higher caregiver-to-resident ratio than the industry average, fostering an experience that is fulfilling for both staff and residents, encouraging both to form meaningful and lasting bonds Let our family care for yours.