Recognizing the Need for Help
How do you know when it’s time to call in reinforcements? It may not be time for a community or a home, but a little extra help couldn’t hurt. Here are a few signs the caring folks from Hopkinton Home Care could benefit your caregivers and your loved ones.
Friction between caretaker and loved one
If there’s friction between caretakers and loved ones, it may be time to take a break and ask for some help.
Caretaker’s career check
The same adult children who care for their aging parents often have day jobs in addition to their other responsibilities. But caring for loved ones can also be a full-time job. If caretaking is interfering with one’s ability to perform at work, or taking away from work hours, it is time to all for help.
Loss of a spouse and the need for companionship
Very often, an older couple will function as a team, with one spouse handling certain tasks such as balancing the checkbook and paying bills, while the other manages domestic chores and keeps the household running. Faced with the loss of a spouse, the survivor can easily become swamped, as he or she struggles to shoulder the burden of unfamiliar tasks. This may be a moment at which the adult children need to call for reinforcements as they endeavor to help Mom or Dad cope with a new set of critical tasks.
Failure to thrive
Sometimes the signs are subtle. Things are going along fine, and there is no immediate crisis, but after honest reflection, the adult child comes to realize that the parent simply is not thriving. If that’s the situation, it may be time to look for additional resources. This time of life can be rich with joy and new experiences. Hopkinton Home Care has many resources available and can align resources in that direction for companionship and fun.
A crisis point
Sometimes, unfortunately, the caregiver will realize that it is time to call for help only when a crisis arises. Perhaps an older adult has a fall or encounters a health setback. Until things go south, we may not notice the small and subtle signs that a loved one is slipping. However it may come about, the crisis call usually is a definitive notification that it’s time to seek reinforcements.
If you have come to this point and related to a few of these points, or simply feel your loved ones need help with medication management, would thrive with some companionship, or you simply need a break a few days a month, it’s reasonable to begin thinking about possible next steps. There’s no reason to go it alone. If you are worried about a loved one when you’re away from home, we can help.
Hopkinton Home Care offers professional home health care provided to you – with compassion – throughout Metrowest MA.
Hopkinton Home Care wants to answer your personal and confidential questions. Only after we learn what you need can we let you know how we can meet those needs. Give us a call: 508-544-4650.