Maintaining a good level of health is an ongoing struggle for most of us. The human body requires a considerable amount of maintenance to perform and function the way you want it to.
As we get older, it becomes even more important to keep up with health-augmenting practices on a regular basis.
After the age of 60, it becomes harder and harder to ward off illness, disease, and injury. However, the key to managing health in your senior years is preventative maintenance.
It is estimated that roughly 80% of illness that affects seniors can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle and early detection.
One of the best ways for seniors to stay on top of their health is through the dedicated assistance of a professional caregiver.
Home caregivers can help implement healthy routines, as well as monitor your loved one’s health to catch illness and disease before it becomes unmanageable.
5 Signs it Might be Time to Consider Home Care
There are many factors that indicate older adults could benefit from some caregiver assistance.
Some of the most common clues, may be:
- Unhealthy diet
- Memory issues
- Poor hygiene
- Increased falls or accidents
- Chronic fatigue
Nutrition is one of the most important factors for maintaining good health. Seniors with a poor diet are at a much higher risk for injury and illness.
There are many reasons older adults might engage in unhealthy eating habits. For example, processed food is often cheaper and easier to prepare than healthy food. Also, seniors may lose interest in cooking, especially if they are only cooking for themselves every night.
Plus, our taste buds undergo changes as we get older, and foods that were once palatable may become unappealing. This can leave seniors confused as to what kinds of foods to prepare and eat.
A home caregiver can work together with your loved one to construct a healthy diet plan, and then make sure it gets followed. They can also help with grocery lists, shopping, and meal planning and prep.
Forgetfulness is often a natural part of aging, but Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are not. It is very common for seniors to have regular, minor memory lapses. However, if memory issues are continually building and becoming more severe, it is highly recommended to take action.
The first step is to visit a doctor or health care professional for an official assessment or diagnosis.
Home caregivers can help with the treatment and prevention of dementia.
Social activity and mentally stimulating activities are effective preventative methods. They can also help seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia to prevent the disease from spreading.
A decline in hygiene practices or a change in appearance or dressing style can indicate the early stages of depression or even dementia.
If it seems like your loved one may have given up on taking care of themselves, personal care services can be a big help.
Caregivers can help with regular hygiene practices like bathing, grooming, dressing, skin care, oral care, and many others.
Home caregivers can also offer a new source of social interaction, which can help prevent social isolation and depression.
Increased Falls or Accidents
Falls in the home are the leading cause of serious injury to people over the age of 65. Falls are often the result of decreased strength, mobility, and flexibility that typically comes with a sedentary lifestyle.
Home caregivers can help design exercise routines and provide the motivation for seniors to get some much needed physical activity.
Exercise routines can start out slow and build up as strength and mobility increases.
Even just getting out for a walk around the neighborhood and doing some light stretching with a caregiver can improve muscle strength and bone density to help prevent falls.
If your loved one seems tired all the time and generally uninterested in activities they used to find enjoyable, it could be time to enlist some outside assistance.
A professional caregiver can help bring new life to the home care situation, by providing a new social companion and suggesting some mentally and/or physically stimulating activities.
Chronic fatigue can be the result of a variety of factors, and it can be both physically and mentally draining.
Home caregivers can help battle chronic fatigue with exercise, social activity, and good nutrition.